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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
1918 1
Channel Islands Or England Or Great Britain Or Isle Of Man Or Northern Ireland Or Scotland Or Wales 1
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Person:
Francis J Thackray 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1918 1
Channel Islands Or England Or Great Britain Or Isle Of Man Or Northern Ireland Or Scotland Or Wales 1
Residence:
Place: LosAngeles County, California 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
06 Nov 1941 1
Army Branch:
Medical Administrative Corps - For Officers only 1
Army Component:
Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
39168342 1
Enlistment Place:
Ft MacArthur San Pedro California 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Selective Service within 3 months of Discharge 1
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Occupation:
Salesmen and sales agents, except to consumers 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 1401 1
Film Reel Number: 6.167 1

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Shot down then buried in an avalanche

Bagneres de Bigorre, france

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On 7 January 1944, Lt. Francis Thackray was an observer aboard a B-24 bomber on its way back from a bombing run to Ludwigshafen, Germany when the plane was shot down over southwestern France.  After parachuting safely to the ground, Lt. Thackray and 5 others from the plane made contact with and were sheltered by the French resistance.

On 19 Feb 1944 the airmen, accompanied by 4 French civilians started across the Pyrenees Mountains toward Spain.

On 28 Feb 1944, the group was caught in an avalanche which killed Lt. Thackray and the 4 French civilians.

The remaining members of the party were lost for 3 days in a snowstorm and finally staggered into a French village only to be handed over to the Germans and sent to prisoner of war camps.

The Missing Air Crew Report attached to this page includes more details of the ill-fated trip.

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