1943 — Italy
Birth : Jan. 22, 1919 Death: Mar. 22, 2000
Rocky Mountain News (CO) - April 4, 2000
Deceased Name: THADDEUS D. ''DUKE'' GARRETT
THADDEUS D. ''DUKE'' GARRETT, 81, of Denver died March 22. Services were March 29, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mr. Garrett was born in Denver on Jan. 22, 1919. He married Helen Kathleen Egan, 1946. He was a captain in the Army Air Forces during World War II, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was a pilot for United Airlines and a docent at the Denver Zoo. Survivors include daughters Patricia Bock of Aurora, Judith Garrett Newton of Oregon and Deborah Ferreira of Denver; son David of Nevada; brother William of Aurora; three grandchildren; a great-grandchild.
Garrett, Thaddeus D., 1Lt, pilot (0-662441) Original 448th BS -
CAPT US Army Air Forces - World War II
Thaddeus was a passenger in the B-25 #41-13172 for the [now famous] General Bob Knapp's Flight over the Atlantic" *** The HOP *** across the Atlantic, the SOUTHERN Route in a single mass without loss of a single ship.
Friday, 12 February 1943
448th BS War Diary: Air Echelon: At 12:55 February 12, 1943, the Air Echelon departed DeRidder Army Air Base via air for Morrison Field, Florida, arriving without mishap at 19:15, February 12, 1943. Weather clear. Morale excellent. Preparations completed for Over-Seas flight to North Africa. At 09:00 February 15, 1943, the Flight Echelon departed Morrison Field, Florida. 1st Lieutenant Hess remained due to mechanical malfunction of plane # 41-29774. 2nd Lieutenant Davies, Ford, McKinney, Plumlee, and Stultz appointed 1st Lieutenants, February 5, 1943.
A/C No. 41-13172 PILOT; Urquhart, Donald A., 2Lt Co-Pilot; Garrett, Thaddeus D., 2Lt NAV; Mundell, Roy E., 2Lt Bomb; N/A Engineer; Ratajczyk, Thomas S, S/Sgt Radio; Kilgore, Thomas A., S/Sgt GUNNER; Turner, Goldburn H., S/Sgt (F) Braun, Joseph M., T/Sgt (PAX) -Passenger
(1st Combat Mission in the
448th Bomb squad after arrival
in North Africa, Feb. 1943)