SNEE, THOMAS W., Second Lieutenant, # 0-677300, USAAF
Thomas W. Snee was born on 20 March 1919 in New York, New York, to Thomas W. Snee (1891-1968) and Elizabeth M. (Houlahan) Snee (1893-1989) (married 27 February 1917, Bronx, NY). Siblings included William Henry Snee (1922-,1943) and John J. Snee (1927- ).
He enlisted in the USAAF in New York on 29 September 1941. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools, was multi-engine rated, and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 20 May 1944 a B-25J, # 43-3896, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group (Medium), 434th Bomb Squadron, Kurmitola, India, departed its airfield on a combat mission to Mawlu, Burma. It was shot down by enemy small caliber weapons. The last to see the B-25 aloft was 1stLt John B. Walker while making a bomb run on the target. 2ndLt Snee bailed out but his parachute did not open and he was killed. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, New York, New York. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
A cousin, Martin F. Snee Jr., born in 1922 in New York, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Private First Class, # 344756, was killed in action 14 October 1942, assigned to Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF) 224, Marine Aircraft 23rd Group, 2nd Marine Air Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Solomon Islands, Pacific. He is buried in the Saint Gertrudes Cemetery, Colonia, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.
A brother, William H. Snee, born in 1920, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, First Lieutenant, # 0-012623, VMF 131, Marine Air Group 14, 2nd Marine Air Wing, Solomon Islands, was killed in action on Vanuatu on 28 June 1943. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in thw Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.