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Lt. B-25 Pilot 2
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Theodore O Wright 1
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17 Jan 1921 1
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16 Mar 2008 1
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Last Residence: Issaquah, WA 1
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Lt Theodore O Wright, B-25 Pilot MTO 321st Bomb Group

North Africa

     Lt Theodore Wright was a Pilot in WWI, in the B-25 Mitchell Medium 321st Bomb Group, the 446th Bomb Squad. 

     He flew his first Mission on 5 June, 1943 against Pantelleria. 

    Lt Wright with his Ship and Crew crashed at sea 5 July, 1943, shot-down in the B-25 the "Hell's Angel"  #43-32432  by "Heavy and accurate Flak".

     He completed his 50th Mission on the 10 Jan. 1944 Mission to San Benedetto Marshalling Yards, Italy and was wounded in the face that required medical attention.

5 June, '43    446th BS Mission Summary: (Ops Order 51/mission 50) Group Mission # 63: Group mission 50, Sqdn 42 composed of 12 planes led by Lt. Griffith, who led the Group with Major Schwane as co-pilot.  The target was Pantelleria gun emplacements.  Target well covered and flak was intense, heavy, but inaccurate.

  A/C No.   42-32432 “Hell’s Angel”

Bradley, James L. “Jungle Jim”, Jr., 1Lt

CP  Wright, Theodore O., 2Lt

N Davis, Sterling (NMI), 2Lt

B Anzalone, Benjamin W., 2Lt

None listed – Likely Rockafellow, Alfred A., S/Sgt

Sheldon, Victor W., T/Sgt

G None listed - Likely Lovell, Curtis L., S/Sgt

F Pemberton, Francis R., Maj, HQ 321st BG

He crashed at sea on 5 Jul 43:  see attached pdf for more info.

446th BS Mission Summary: (Ops Order 69/mission 68) Group Mission # 81: Groupmission 68, Sqdn 59 composed of 10 planes led by Capt. Griffith.  The target was the Gerbini L/G #6, Sicily.  300 lb bombs were carried but only one corner of the field was hit.  Flak was heavy and accurate, but there were no fighters.  Lt. Bradley’s plane was hit by flak and he was forced to land it in the sea.  S/Sgt. Sheldon received a broken leg and S/Sgt. Lovell received cuts on his face.  The crew was picked up by a British ASR launch and taken to Malta.  Capt. Griffith’s plane was also badly hit by flak and S/Sgt. Billy Dykes was injured by it.

 

  A/C No.   42-32432 “Hell’s Angel” (Crashed at sea – completed mission)

Bradley, James M. “Jungle Jim”, Jr., 1Lt

CP  Wright, Theodore O., 2Lt

N Davis, Sterling (NMI), 2Lt

B Anzalone, Benjamin W., 2Lt

Rockafellow, Alfred A., S/Sgt

Sheldon, Victor W., T/Sgt

G Lovell, Curtis L., S/Sgt

F None

446th BS War Diary:  Captain Chappell assumes command of the squadron in the absence of Lt. Col. Schwane.  Lt. Wright and Lt. Topham fly their “50”.

Chappell, Howard L., Capt, pilot               Schwane, Henry H., Lt Col, pilot, Commander

Topham, Arthur H., 2Lt, pilot                    Wright, Theodore O., 1Lt, pilot

 

446th BS Mission Summary: (Ops Order 183/mission 182) Group Mission # 184: Squadron Mission 149

TARGET:  San Benedetto M/Y, Italy. (alt)                                            DATE:   10 Jan1944

Type of Bombs:  500 lb.                                                                       446th Planes:  6

Lt. Fraser, 447th Sqdn, led the formation.  Falconara, the primary target, was found to have a 0/10 cloud coverage.  At the alternate, both choke points of M/Y reported hit.  Direct hit reported on large red-topped building.  Six ships dropped bombs just off shore.  Flak was both heavy and light, immoderate, intensely, generally trailing.  Lt. Wright was hit on the side of the face by flak after coming off the target, and required medical attention.

Fraser, Harry A. “Fearless”, Jr, 1Lt, pilot, 447th BS

   A/C No.  42-32446 “Mascot” P Wright, Theodore O., 1Lt CP Farrell, Joseph R., 2Lt N Phillips, Lowell G., 2Lt B Cooper, Lester L., 2Lt E Motika, John F., Sgt R Smith, Roy W., T/Sgt G Samsel, John C., Sgt

Barbi Ennis Connolly 321st Bomb Group Historian PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com

Lt Col Theodore O "TED" Wright, USAF Ret. Jan. 1921 -Mar. 2008

Issaquah, Washington

Theodore O. Wright: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The (WA) - March 23, 2008
Deceased Name: Theodore O. Wright
Theodore O. WRIGHT

Theodore O. Wright, of Issaquah, died peacefully at home in Issaquah, Washington, on Sunday, March 16, 2008. He was 87 years old.

Ted was born on January 17, 1921, in Gillette, Wyoming, the son of James Otis and Gladys Mary (Marquiss) Wright, and was raised on the family's ranch. He earned a BSEE at the University of Illinois, and a MS-Engineering at the University of Washington. Ted served in the USAF from 1942-1965, retired as a Lt. Colonel and received the Purple Heart and Air Medal. He worked at Boeing Renton as a research and aeronautical engineer until he retired in 1981. Ted remained in private practice as a consulting forensic engineer in Bellevue, and was active in NSPE, ASTM, WSPE and the U.S. Metric Association until his death. His avocations were flying, photography, and archaeology. Ted was an exceptional man who lived an extraordinary life, and he will be sorely missed by all those who knew him.

Military services are planned to honor Lt. Col. Wright on June 20th in Gillette, Wyoming.

Survivors include spouse, Edith Marjorie Wright of Issaquah; daughters, Marjorie J. Joslyn and Elizabeth C. Ciancio of Issaquah, Barbara J. Blackburn of Redmond, Mary Suzanne Wright of Minnesota; and son, Theodore O. Wright, Jr. of Seattle. Ted had five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggests remembrances to the Wright Centennial Museum in Wright, Wyoming.

For Ted's remarkable and complete biography, friends and family are invited to visit www.flintofts.com to share memories and sign the family's on-line guest book.
The Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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Social Security Death Index;  Name: Theodore O. Wright
Last Residence: 98029  Issaquah, King, Washington
Born: 17 Jan 1921   Died: 16 Mar 2008   State (Year) SSN issued: Wyoming (Before 1951)

http://www.washingtonengineer.org/Spokane_folder/Spokane_May_2008_News.pdf (Pg 4)

Barbara Ennis Connolly 321st Bomb Group Historian, 57th Bomb Wing Historical Researcher along with John T Fitzgerald and Patti Johnson PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com

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