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LT  Thomas J. WILLIAMS

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BOM

Lt Thomas J. Williams, Bombardier on Lt Lonnie Doyle crew and then was on lead crew of Lt Owen Griffith.  Photo courtesy of daughter Wendy Terrell

SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: CORNING, NY

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT LONNIE A. DOYLE, JR               P FEH
2ND LT ROBERT Y. BOLTON               CP FEH
2ND LT WILLIAM L. STOELZEL          NAV FEH
2ND LT THOMAS J. WILLIAMS          BOM FEH
T/SGT ARTHUR C. CHAMPION           ROG FEH
T/SGT BIRTON N. BOSSEMEYER       TTE FEH
S/SGT DONALD L. JACOBSON            WG FEH (Became Toggelier on the Crew)
S/SGT HAROLD H. LEWIS                   BTG FEH
S/SGT JOHN P. PODANY                      TG FEH

418TH SQUADRON.  JOINED 100TH BOMB GROUP ON 8 JAN 45   Crew flew " YO YO BUDDY"

Crew flew 29 missions. Lt Thomas J. Wllliams flew 9 missions with the Crew and was replaced by S/Sgt Donald Jacobson Toggelier.  Crew flew with fill in WG for the rest of the tour. S/Sgt Calvin F. Reed from Lt Appleton Crew was one  

Missons of Lt Williams with Lt Doyle Crew:

1           6   FEB  1945              CHEMENTZ
2.          9   FEB  1945              WEIMAR, ARM WORKS (S.T.)
3.         28  FEB  1945              KASSEL
4.          2  MAR 1945              DRESDEN
5.          7  MAR 1945              SIEGEN, MY (S.T.)
6.         11 MAR 1945              HAMBURG
7.         12 MAR 1945              SWINEMUNDE, DOCKS  
8.         14 MAR 1945              HANOVER       
9.         15 MAR 1945              RUHLAND & PLAUEN (THINK EITHER TARGET OR DATE IS LISTED WRONG IN MISSION LOG) 

Wendy Terrell Michael Faley, what we know from our dad is that he was on the Doyle crew, then chosen for further training for a lead position. The training was in the U.K. He was on the Griffin crew after the training. Well done! 

CHOWHOUNDS MISSIONS of Lt Thomas J. Willimas

             2 MAY 1945               SCHIPHOL AF    A/C 916 LN-R PFF
             5 MAY 1945               HILVERSUM,     A/C 794 LD-B  PFF   Lt Griffith Crew.
             6 MAY 1945               ALKMAAR, AF   A/C 532 XR-G          Little Sweetheart/Kleen Sweep
             7 MAY 1945               SHIPHOL AF     A/C  794 LD-B  PFF   Lt Griffith Crew     

DP/POW FERRY MISSION

             3 JUN 1945                DP/POW FERRY MISSION, LINZ, AUSTRIA 

Mike,
 
Here's the missions I have for the Lonnie Doyle crew.all flown on YO YO BUDDY except for late ferry missions
I noticed the aircraft database doesn't have the sqdn and call sign for 44-8782 it was LD-H replacing 166 H off hardstand # 45..... transferred from the 95th BG/412BS  (QW-R) to the 100th 20 May,1945…Jack O'Leary

 #               DATE                   TARGET                                      POSITION IN FORMATION
#270    2   MARCH,1945  RUHLAND & DRESDEN, FACTORY AREA     A-SQDN, Low Flight,L/W  
#278   12  MARCH,1945  SWINEMUNDE, DOCKS                            A-SQDN, High Flight, R/W
#279   14 MARCH,1945   SEELZE "A & C GROUP"                           C-SQDN, High Flight,R/W
#287   24 MARCH,1945   ZIEGENHAIN, AIRFIELD                           C-SQDN,Element 2, L/W
#289   28 MARCH,1945   HANOVER, TANK FACTORY                     B-SQDN,Element 3, L/W
#290   30 MARCH,1945   HAMBURG, SHIP YARDS                          A-SQDN,Element 3,L/W
#291   31 MARCH,1945   ZEITZ, OIL REFINERY(100TH B, C & D)     C-SQDN,Element 2, R/W
#293   4   APRIL,1945    KIEL, SUB YARDS                                   B-SQDN,Lead Element,L/W 
#297   8   APRIL,1945    EGER, MY (CZECH)                                 B-SQDN,Lead Element,R/W
#298   9   APRIL,1945    MUNICH/REIM, AF                                   A-SQDN,Element 2,R/W
#299  10  APRIL,1945    BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF                       C-SQDN,Element 2, R/W
#300  11  APRIL,1945    LANDSHUT,ORD DEPOT;INGOLSTADT, MY D-SQDN, Element 2,L/W
#302  15  APRIL,1945    ROYAN, GROUND DEFENSES                    A-SQDN,Element 2,R/W
 
CHOWHOUND  MISSIONS
 
         2 MAY,1945          SCHIPHOL AF- HOLLAND   A/C 166 H       A-SQDN,Element 2
         5 MAY,1945          ALKMAAR, AF, HILVERSUM, BAARN,         D-SQDN,Element 2, L/W
 
FERRY  MISSIONS
 
        3 JUNE,1945       C-SQDN,Element 3 Lead      44-8782   LD-H   HS # 45
        4 JUNE,1945       B-SQDN, Element 2 Lead     44-8782   LD-H   HS # 45
      22 JUNE,1945       BANJO MISSION                 44-8876   LD-F   HS # 48  



Mr. Robert Young Bolton, age 78, of Longmont, Colo., passed away Monday, September 28, 1998 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Denver, Colo. Mr. Bolton was born January 7, 1920 in Cedartown. He served for 27 years in the U.S. Air Force. He attended the University of Michigan, then the University of Arizona. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and Sigma Nu. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942, soon after Pearl Harbor, and served until 1946, flying many types of aircraft. Bolton flew 29 combat missions from England in the B-17G with the 100th Bomb Group, Third Division, Eighth Air Force. He received numerous medals and commendations, among which was the Air Medal with three oak-leaf clusters. Following World War II, he returned to the University of Arizona and graduated with a bachelor of science in business administration. After graduation, he received his regular commission in the Army Air Corps in November 1947 and flew a C-54 cargo plane to Germany. Mr. Bolton flew 225 sorties in one year in the Berlin Airlift delivering food and coal amidst ground fire to Templehof Airdrome in Berlin. He received three more oakleaf clusters to his Air Medal, as well as several more medals. He returned to the U.S. in 1949 and entered the Strategic Air Command, flying the B-36 heavy bomber with the 11th Bomb Wing. He then transferred to Eglin Air Force base in Florida where he began flying the B-52G Stratofortress jet bomber. Mr. Bolton retired as a command pilot with the rank of lieutenant colonel in August 1969, after 8, 240 hours flying time, 5,500 of those for the Strategic Air Command. He moved to Longmont after retirement from the Air Force. The next 21 years were spent in the business community as a sales representative. The last nine years of employment were with Selby Auto Glass and Windshields America. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adene Young Bolton and Charles Warren Bolton; and a brother Charles W. Bolton, Jr. Survivors include his wife Zetta of Longmont; three daughters, Doris E. Bolton of Mission Viejo, Calif., Joyce E. Bolton of Long Beach, Calif., and Susan Luther of Ashford, Wash.; a brother, Rowland Parks Bolton of Bainbridge; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday, October 1, at the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Interment followed at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, with full military honors.

MEMO 2:

Sharon Williams Morrill
6 hrs · Langley, WA, United States
Thank you for adding me to your page. A friend suggested I join after reading an obituary I posted on my page today. I have shared it below. It is about my grandpa, who was lead bombardier for the 100th Bomb Group. Highlights from his service record (including the 100th Bomb Group) are included.
He passed peacefully this morning at 93. Please read below, as written by his son, who attended the USNA and was a career naval aviator.

Thomas J Williams
September 2, 1922 – April 4, 2016
A particularly valiant member of the greatest generation, Thomas J Williams, died at the Ft Worth home of his daughter, Wendy Terrell, on April 4, 2016. He was 93 and died of natural causes.
Thomas was born in Rochester, NY. He had four brothers and sisters, all of whom are deceased. His childhood family moved from place to place in upstate New York as his father worked to provide for the family. He graduated from South Side High School in Corning, NY in 1940 and subsequently attended Georgia Tech until joining the Army Air Corps. He met and married the love of his life, Phyllis McIntosh, in Corning. They had a wonderful life together until she died in 1993.
He was too skinny for the infantry, but the Air Corps accepted him on a waiver. Thus began his momentous career as an aviator. He flew the B-17 Flying Fortress from England in WWII. He was selected as lead bombardier for the entire 100th Bomb Group based on his uncanny accuracy dropping bombs. On one mission in 1945, his plane was badly shot up over Germany, but managed to crash land on friendly territory. His crew was one of the very few to survive attacks from both the German jet fighter (ME-262) and their rocket propelled fighter (ME-163). As a note, every member of his family, father and all three sons, served in combat in WWII.
After the war, he remained in the Army and what soon became the U.S. Air Force. He flew all of our strategic bombers from the late 1940’s into the 1960’s. His reputation as a precision bombardier resulted in his assignment to the Atomic Test Group in New Mexico. They tested all the new planes coming into service, and also tested the atomic weapons they were intended to deploy. He was selected to drop the first atomic bomb from a jet bomber (B-45 Tornado) and dropped America’s first H-bomb from a B-47 Stratojet. These missions were especially hazardous since everything involved - planes, engines, bombs, and high altitude flying - were new and untested. He experienced explosive decompression, fuel starvation, cracked wings, and fatal crashes as part of this tour of duty.
He was in a B-52H Bomb Wing during the Cuban Missile Crisis, standing alert, ready to launch, and part of the American arsenal that caused the Soviet Union to back down.
One of his unique tours was out of the cockpit – he was sent to Syracuse University to learn Russian after which he was assigned to a classified organization in Japan. It must have been interesting work, but nobody really ever heard about it from him.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1963, he joined the National Security Agency. His work there was largely unknown to the family but involved aerial reconnaissance missions against America’s enemies. He retired from NSA in 1985 after 42 years of service to the nation.
Thomas was a giving, funny, generous, and very talented man. He cherished his family dearly, as he did his cats. After Phyllis died, he began a third career as a Hospice volunteer in Melbourne, FL where he selflessly served for 20 years as their “boy-Friday” in the office. He gave over 32,000 hours of volunteer time, and was twice selected as “Volunteer of the Year.”
Thomas Williams epitomizes what makes America great – God, family, country, and service to others. He leaves behind two children, Wendy Terrell and Thomas Williams Jr., seven grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.
He was a truly great man whose memory will never dim from all those who loved him.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

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AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

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GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Thomas Williams, Bom on Lt Doyle Crew and then lead Bombardier, Photo courtesy of granddaughter Sharon Williams Morrill

Lt Thomas J. Williams at Thorpe Abbotts with members of Lt Lonnie Doyle Crew. Photo courtesy of his daughter Wend Terrell

Photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell, daughter of Thomas J. Terrell
Dad's flight jacket. The pin above his name denotes being shot down over Belgium.

Mad Duck patch.  Photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell, daughter of Thomas J. Terrell
Lt Williams A-2 private purchase flight jacket. The pin above his name denotes being shot down over Belgium

Bomb Tags for Feb 6, 1945 mission to Chemnitz.  Courtesy of Wendy Terrell. 

Luckye Bastardes Club certificate awarded to Lt Thomas J. Williams.  Photo Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell. 

Lt Thomas j. Williams B-29 Training after return from Europe. Photo Courtesy of Wendy Terrell

Cadet Thomas J. Williams

Obit for Thomas J. Williams 

Bombardier Class 44-19 Demming NM yearbook with Thomas J. Williams. photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell 

Bombardier Class 44-19 Demming NM yearbook with Thomas J. Williams photo. photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell

Lt Thomas J. Williams Funeral Service Memoria.   photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell

B-29 Training for Lt Thomas Williams after return to States. 

Lt Thomas J. Williams in B-25 Stateside. Photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell

Lt Thomas Williams Second from Left

B-29 enlisted men from Lt Thomas J. Williams Crew. Photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell.

Mission was scrubbed 

"Frank Riley & Self at 38 CTD, Due West, SC, July '43"
Dad on the right, Thomas J. Williams. Photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell

CHOWHOUND MISSION:   2 MAY 1945  SCHIPHOL AF   A/C 916 LN-R PFF
PHOTO COURTESY OF WENDY TERRELL

CHOWHOUND MISSION: 5 MAY 1945  HILVERSUM, A/C 794 LD-B  PFF   Lt Griffith Crew 

CHOWHOUND MISSION: 6 MAY 1945 ALKMAAR, AF   A/C 532 XR-G  Kleen Sweep

CHOWHOUND MISSION: 7 MAY 1945  SHIPHOL AF  A/C  794 LD-B  PFF   Lt Griffith Crew

DP/POW FERRY MISSION:  3 JUN 1945  DP/POW FERRY MISSION, LINZ, AUSTRIA

Unk & Lt Thomas J. Williams at Thorpe Abbotts. March 16, 1945. Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

Owen K. Griffith (standing in middle) crew in Munich after Hostilities Thomas Williams kneeling right . Photo courtesy of wendy terrell

Wendy Terrell (daughter of Lt Thomas J. Williams 
This photo was taken October 1944 at Army Air Field, Alexandria, LA.
Dad is bottom right. The back reads ""Champ, Neil, Greenwald, Podang, Jake, Shorty, Lonnie, Buzzy, Bill" but should read:

Back: Neil, Champ, Jake, Shorty, Greenwald, Podang  
Front: Lonnie, Buzzy, Bill, Thomas J. Williams

Lt Lonnie Doyle Crew Stateside in newspaper article. (Courtesy of Matt Mabe)

Part of Owen Griffith Crew in Munich after the War.  Owen Griffith in standing in the middle and Thomas J. Williams is Kneeling far right.  Photo courtesy of Wendy Terrel, daughter of Lt Williams. 

Yo Yo Buddy photo from the Archives of Lt Thomas J. Williams. Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell. 

Yo Yo Buddy photo from the Archives of Lt Thomas J. Williams. Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell. 

Magdeburg stike photo August 5, 1944 from Thomas J Williams, Bom on Lonnie Doyle crew.  Target is Krupps Tank Factory

Lt Lonnie Doyle Crew. Photo Courtesy of Wendy Terrell.

Lt Lonnie Doyle Crew. Photo Courtesy of Wendy Terrell

Mission Log of Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Lt Williams flew 9 missions with Lt Doyle Crew. This is number one. Feb 6, 1945 target was   CHEMNITZ,  Photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell

Mission Log of Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Lt Williams flew 9 missions with Lt Doyle Crew. This is number two. Feb 9, 1945 target was WEIMAR, ARM WORKS (S.T.),  Photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell 

Mission Log of Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Lt Williams flew 9 missions with Lt Doyle Crew. This is number three. Feb 28, 1945 target was KASSEL (MY),  Photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell

Mission Log of Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Lt Williams flew 9 missions with Lt Doyle Crew. This is number four. March 2, 1945 target was DRESDEN Photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell

Mission Log of Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Lt Williams flew 9 missions with Lt Doyle Crew. This is number five. March 7, 1945 target was SIEGEN, MY (S.T.) Photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell

Mission Log of Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Lt Williams flew 9 missions with Lt Doyle Crew. This is number SIX. March 11, 1945 target was HAMBURG photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell 

Mission Log of Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Lt Williams flew 9 missions with Lt Doyle Crew. This is number Seven. March 12 , 1945 target was SWINEMUNDE. Photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell

Mission Log of Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Lt Williams flew 9 missions with Lt Doyle Crew. This is number Eight. March 14, 1945 target was HANOVER. Photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell

Mission Log of Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Lt Williams flew 9 missions with Lt Doyle Crew. This is number nine. March 15, 1945 target is listed on 100th Misson list as Orienburg vs RUHLAND & Plauen on Williams mission log. Photo courtesy of Wendy Terrell

Owen Keith Griffith said this was a ladies softball team that he provided postwar transport for!

Diary cover of of Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

Training & Stations assigned to from the Diary of Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

Feb 6, 1945 Chementz:   Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

Feb 28, 1945 Kassel .  Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

March 2, 1945 DRESDEN.  Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

March 7, 1945 SIEGEN: Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

Palm Sunday Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

FEB 9, 1945 WEIMAR: Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

March 11, 1945 HAMBURG:  Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

MARCH 12, 1945 SWINEMUNDE:  Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell.  Note: Hero Mission denotes Flying enough missions to qualify for the Air Medal. 

MARCH 9, 1945-No Mission.   Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

MARCH 13, 1945 No Mission.  Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

MARCH 14, 1945 HANOVER:  Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

MARCH 24, 1945: Lt Thomas J. Williams is transferred to Owen Griffith's Lead Crew. Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

"MIKE" XR-M releasing Food supplies May 7, 1945 (Maj Stivers Leading) over Holland during Chowhound missions. Photo from Thomas J Williams Diary. 

MARCH 16, 1945 Mission Scrubbed! Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

MARCH 21, 1945 : no mission but gunners meeting and later Big Brass Meeting. Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

MARCH 22,1945: ALHORN Last mission with Lt Doyle Crew. Being transferred to lead crew training. 
Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

MAY 5, 1945: Chowhound mission to feed starving Dutch citizens. Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

MAY 6, 1945 Chowhound mission to feed starving Dutch citizens. Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell
Flew with Lt Liesche. 

MAY 7, 1945 Chowhound mission to feed starving Dutch citizens. Diary Entry of  Lt Thomas Williams, Bomb on Lt Doyle Crew.  Courtesy of Daughter Wendy Terrell

Williams, Griffith, Wilson, Swancutt, McMillin - prior to the formation of the Griffith lead crew, Billie McMillin was the Navigator on the Evans crew with Jack Coop.

 

SERVED IN:

Crew 1

Crew 2

ID: 5545