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  BASS, Thomas J., Jr.

Rank:

Sergeant, First Aerial Engineer, B-17

 

 

Service Branch:

U.S. Army Air Corps

Service Number:

14176428

Group:

452 Bomb Group

Squadron:

729th Bomb Squadron

Plane:

B-17G Flying Fortress #42-39921

Function:

First Aerial Engineer, B-17

Status:

Died non-battle in training mission

Date of death:

December 3, 1943

Place of death:

15 mi. NE of Salt Flats, Texas

Age at death:

23

Awards:

Not available

Burial 1:

Magnolia Cemetery

Burial 2:

 

Grave number:

 

Reburial:


Born:

September 14, 1920

Hometown:

Latta, South Carolina

Family:

Parents:
Thomas Joseph Bass, Sr.
Lois Atkinson Bass

Spouse:


Children:


Siblings:
Henrietta Bass (1922 - 1997)
Tracy William Bass (1923 - 1926)

Additional information:

Attended Clemson College one year (1938-39). Enlisted October 1942. Was in training at Pyote Army Airfield, Pyote, Texas when he was killed in a mid-air collision 15 miles northeast of Salt Flats, Texas. The practice flight was a High altitude formation gunnery mission and it is believed that at 20,000 feet the sun temporarily blinded the pilot (whether the pilot of the ship in number three position or the pilot of Sgt. Bass's plane is unclear). Sgt. Bass' B-17 plane, joining the formation in the number four position, came up directly underneath the ship in the number three position as the formation was turning slightly right. A crash resulted with the lower ship disintegrating in the air and the other ship making an emergency landing.

 


Research by: Victoria Proctor, genealogist

Sources: Dillon County War Memorial, NARA World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing (1946), The Dillon Herald December 9, 1943 and December 16, 1943 issues, Clemson University

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