Thomas 11 Nov. 48 in Hernando, MS
Had a Son Era P. Jr. and daughter Debra Darlene.
Enlisted in the service in late fall of 1943.
Completed training at Keesler Field in Biloxi, MS and went
to Ball Turret School in Pueblo, CO.After further training he left Lincoln, NE in July of 1944 for the
European Theatre.Arrived in Manduria,
Italy 8 Aug. 44 and Joined the 721st Bomb Sqdn of the 450th
Bomb Group, 15th Air Force.
Flew 50 combat missions over Italy, France, Greece, Romania,
Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, and Germany.Served as part of crew on the Bottom's Up.
After the war he reentered the service in 1946 and Flew as a
crew member on B-25 bombers as a Flt. Engineer and crew chief.He
served overseas in Guam; Molesworth, England; and Elmendorf, AK. He completed
Flt. Engineer training on the B-29 in January 1952.Flew with the 381st Bomb Sqdn .Completed additional training with the B-29
in June 1952 and SAC Survival School in November 1952.Completed Bendix Ignition Analysis Operator
course in December 1953.
In 1955 transitioned into the KB-29 tankers and promoted to
T/Sgt in May 1956.He attended the Air
UniversityAircraft Maintenance Officer
course and graduated April 1957.In
July 1957 he transitioned into the KB-50.
He was promoted to M/Sgt in 1960 and flew with the 622nd
AREFS out of England AFB, Alexandria,LA.He was lost on a mission off Kindley AFB, Bermuda on 9 Feb. 62.
His military awards are: Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters,
Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, European, Africa, Middle East
Campaign medal with two bronze battle stars, American Campaign medal, World War
II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Air Force Longevity
Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters.
WW II Flight record of Era P. Horton:
Lincoln, Neb. For Manchester N.H., 7-22-44, 9 Hours
Manchester for Presque Isle, Maine, 7-25-44, 2 hours 15 minutes
Presque Isle for Gander, Newfoundland, 7-29-44, 4 hours.
Gander for Azores, 8-2-44, 9 hours.
Azores for Marakech, Africa, 8-4-44, 6 hours 45 minutes.
Marakech for Tunis, Tunisia, 8-5-44, 6 hours 15 minutes.
Tunis for Joia, Italy, 8-6-44, 3 hours 30 minutes.
Joia for Manduria, Italy, 8-8-44, 30 minutes.