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|Pilot Captain Kramer Thomas, Jr., O-803905 673rd BS, 417th BG (MIA / KIA) VA
MIA July 23, 1944
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-10-DO Havoc serial number 42-54089. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 417th Bombardment Group "Sky Lancers" (417th BG), 675th Bombardment Squadron "Dauntless Demons" (675th BS). No known nickname or nose art. On April 3, 1944 this A-20 suffered a taxi accident at Saidor Airfield and was repaired.
On July 23, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield piloted by Captain Kramer Thomas, Jr. on a flight bound for Saidor Airfield. Inbound, this A-20 crashed near Bianduong at approximately 8,000' roughly 20 nautical miles northwest of Lae.
Thomas was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Previously, he earned the Air Medal. Thomas is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - A-20G-10-DO Havoc 42-54089
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Kramer Thomas Jr.
FindAGrave - Capt Kramer Jr Thomas (photo, tablets of the missing)
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