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First Name: George

Last Name: Thornbrough

Birthplace: Lincoln, KS, US

Gender: Male

Branch: U.S. Army Air Forces (1941 - 1947)

Home of Record: Boise, ID
Middle Name: Wayne

Date of Birth: 07 July 1914

Date of Death: 04 June 1942

Rank: Captain

Years Served: 1939-1942
George Wayne Thornbrough

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


George Wayne Thornbrough
Captain, United States Army Air Forces

World War II Army Air Forces B-26 pilot. During the Battle of Dutch Harbor in 1942, piloted his airplane and launched a torpedo at a Japanese aircraft carrier that was launching strike fighters at Dutch Harbor. The torpedo hit the target but did not explode. After returning for fuel and to rearm, the crew returned to attack again. Upon returning from this attack, they were unable to make the runway at Cold Bay and crashed approximately 50 miles away. The wreckage was found the following month. There were no survivors. Captain Thornbrough was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions.

Honoree ID: 103269   Created by: MHOH




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