Christian, Thomas J. J., Jr., Col

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1065-Fighter Unit Commander
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 361st Fighter Group
Service Years
1939 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Colonel

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1915
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Francisco, California; Tompkins, New York
Last Address
RAF Bottisham (AAF 374), Cambridgeshire,
England

Casualty Date
Aug 12, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
France
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Faubourg-d Amiens Cemetery - Aras, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
361st Fighter Group
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 361st Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1943-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Northern France Campaign (1944)
 Colleges Attended 
University of ChicagoUnited States Military Academy
  1933-1935, University of Chicago
  1935-1939, United States Military Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1941-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1944-1944, P-51/F-51 Mustang4
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Thomas Jonathan Jackson Christian, Jr

He flew B-17's in the Pacific in (1941?) 1942, was shot down but made it back to his unit and then flew missions from Guadalcanal. After leave time, he became commander of the 361st Fighter Group from Feb 10, 1943 until his death Aug 12, 1944.
He is believed to be buried in Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France. He is also memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium as well as at the Texas State Cemetery, Austin, TX.  
He was also the great-grandson of Civil War General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.

   
Comments/Citation
Sources: http://www.361fg.com/news.htm
http://www.361fg.com/honour.htm
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10716900
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=43994856
http://www.8thafhs.org/fighter/361fg.htm
http://www.usaaf.com/8thaf/fighter/361fg.HTM
http://361fg.com/375fs.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/361st_Fighter_Group
http://aircrewremembered.com/christian-thomas.html
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=102343
https://www.westpointaog.org/memorial-article?id=df103712-df95-439a-a34d-0ddbe186ab24
https://www.abmc.gov/decedent-search/christian%3Dthomas
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/361st-fighter-group/
 
 
   
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