Edward P Thornton

Edward P Thornton

World War II

Sgt Edward Thornton, 321stBG,446thBS, KIA May'44

  • Corsica, France

Sgt Edward Thornton; KIA 15 May,'44, his Brother/James M (a Marine) KIA also, 3 July, 1944.

321stBG,446thBS, Sgt. Edward P Thornton, KIA 15 May, 1944 Walsh LOSS; Monday, 15 May 1944

HQ 321st BG Mission Summary: (Ops Order 332/mission 331) Group Mission # 291:


321st BG Mission No 291      Date: 15 May 44         No A/C completing mission:  4

Squadrons:     445-0               446-2                           447-2               448-0

Target:  Nickeling mission – Velletri, Porte Corvo and Fondi, Italy.

Time OFF:                             T.O.T.:   1600             Time Down:

_**446th BS George Walsh, Pilot of "Peg O'My Heart" #42-32394 (Named after his wife)
Fatal Crash unpon Landing from Mission, Ship #42-32429 (Flamingo)  (KIA 15 May'44)

321stBG,446thBS "Flamingo" # 42-32429 /Fatal CRASH 15 May '44
Lt Geo.Walsh, Pilot, crash landed, at the home-base, hitting the runway, the plane exploded and burned. All Died.**_

P) Geo. Walsh,

CP) Roy Lee,

B) Lt Harry B Wilcox, Jr.

E) L. Shellhamer,

R/G) J. Raymond Orechia,

E)  Ed Thornton.

**446th BS War Diary:   **The squadron loses Lt. George Walsh, Lt. Harry B. Wilcox, Lt. Roy W. Lee, Technical Sergeant James Orechia, Staff Sgt. E.P. Thornton and Staff Sgt. Lawrence Shellhamer in a crash landing at our field.  A crash landing was made and the plane burned upon striking the ground with all members of the crew killed.

A/C No.  42-32429 “Flamingo” (crash landing at base – all KIA) P) Walsh, George F., 1Lt CP) Lee, Roy N., 2Lt N) None B) Wilcox, Harry Bradway, Jr., 2Lt E) Shellhamer, Lawrence (NMI), S/Sgt R) Orechia, James Raymond “Raymond”, T/Sgt G) Thornton, Edward P., S/Sgt

321st Bomb Group Historical Research Team;  John T Fitzgerald, Patti Johnson, Barbi Ennis Connolly (321st BG Historian)  <a>PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com</a>