Paschal, Thomas Clayton, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1092-Pilot, B-24
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 1092, 22nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1940 - 1944
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Muskogee, OK; El Monte, CA
Last Address
Nazdab, New Guinea

Casualty Date
Apr 16, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Papua New Guinea
World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Group Burial

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  1944, World War II Fallen
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army (USA)408th Bombardment Squadron22nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1940-1942, US Army (USA)
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1092, 408th Bombardment Squadron
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1092, 22nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Papua Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1945 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/China Defensive Campaign (1942-45)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1943-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomons Campaign (1943-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-26 Marauder  B-24 Liberator  
  1943-1943, B-26 Marauder
  1943-1944, B-24 Liberator
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Last Known Activity
Capt. Paschal had prior service in the Army as a corporal in the Cavalry.  He had enlisted in July of 1940 from Roswell, New Mexico (with home of record, El Monte, a part of Los Angeles, California). He had graduated from high school in Stillwell, Oklahoma on 15 May 1940. He enlisted in the Army two months later and was in the Cavalry for his first two years.

In July 1942, he entered the Army's flight school, and working his way through the enlisted ranks, (he was a SSgt. Pilot at Colorado Springs, Colorado in January 1943).  He eventually became a commissioned pilot. By August 1943, he was assigned to the 22nd Bombing Group in Brisbane, Australia.

As a pilot,  with combat action behind him in the South Pacific, newly promoted Captain Tom Paschal had flown 54 bombing missions in a B-26 Marauder, a two-engine medium bomber, before switching to the larger, more heavily armed B-24.

On 16 April 1944, Capt. Paschal was the pilot aboard a USAAF B-24J Liberator (tail number 42-100225), "Royal Flush".  He served with the 408th Bomb Squadron, 22nd Bomb Group (H), 5th Air Force based at Nazdab, New Guinea.  His was one of 222 bombers on a strike mission over Japanese terribtory.

The aircraft flew in severe stormy weather and during the return flight, his aircraft disappeared from the formation. Due to weather conditions in what became known as "Black Sunday", a total 54 crew members and 37 aircraft were lost.

Crew lost:
Capt. Thomas C. Paschal, pilot
Lt. Frank P. Giugliano, bombardier
Lt. James P. Gullion, navigator
Lt. John A. Widsteen, co-pilot
Lt. Leland A. Rehmet, observer
S/Sgt Elgin J. Luckenbach, engineer
S/Sgt. Marion B. May, asst. flight engineer
S/Sgt. Richard F. King, radio operator
S/Sgt William Lowery, gunner
Sgt. Marshalll Borofsky, asst. radio operator
Sgt. Walter G. Harm, gunner.

The wreck of this aircraft was located in February 2002 at an altitude of 4,500 feet in the Finnesterre Ranges, Papua New Guinea. They were interred in Arlington National Cemetery in a group burial.

Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 4512    
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His father had served in the Army Company A, 56th Engineers in WWI (23 Feb 1918- 19 May 1919). The family was living in Huntington Park and Long Beach, California during and after the War.
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