HOGAN, THOMAS PATRICK, JR., Second Lieutenant, Service # 0-873571, U.S. Army Air Force
Thomas P. Hogan, Jr., was born 25 February 1920 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, to Thomas P. Hogan (1891- ) and Nell Cecelia McLaughlin (1891- ). He had two siblings, Helen Rita Hogan (1916-2005) and John Edward Hogan (1929-1995). On 1 July 1941, he registered for the World War II draft, stating: Thomas P. Hogan Jr., 7114 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA; age 21; DOB 25 Feb. 1920, at Johnstown, PA; work - auditor for Manufacturers Light and Heat Co., 800 Union Trust Bldg., Pittsburgh, PA; relative: (mother) Mrs. T.P. Hogan, same address; physical description - 6', 156 lbs, black hair and blue eyes. He enlisted 3 February 1942. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 27 Feb., 1943, reported on his commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant and training.
After his training, 2ndLt Hogan was sent overseas and assigned to the 493rd Bombardment Squadron, 7th Bomber Group, 10th Air Force, India. The aircraft to which he was assigned was commanded and piloted by Major Wesley Werner. 2ndLt Hogan was the navigator on the B-24J #42-73059, piloted by Major Wesley Werner, and assigned to the 493rd Bombardment Squadron, 7th Bombardment Group, 10th Air Force. The B-24J departed Pandaveswar, India,on 14 November 1943. They were part of a six plane formation to bomb the enemy in and around Pakokku, Burma. After dropping their bombs and near the target, they were attacked by fifteen to twenty Japanese fighters. They were last sighted at about 1250 hours by 1stLt Leland G. Barlette, 0-661915, 2ndLt Glenn F. Stephens, 0-797631, and 1stLt William G. Clark, 0-662023. Major Wesley's and two other planes were shot down. They crash landed just west of the Chindwin River, about sixty miles south of Mandalay. Those who saw the bomber crash and explode described it vividly. Two crewmen (Kurtz and Tucker) were killed in the crash while six others were seriously burned. They were taken prisoner, and most later died of their injuries in Lt. Hogan died n his cell at the Rangoon POW camp. Only Major Werner and Technical Sergeant Daly survived and were repatriated (see prior pages).
Another B-24J Liberator shot down in the sortie was Tail # 42-73194, piloted by 1stLt Willis J. McLoughlin, 0-726805, Seattle, WA, co-pilot 2ndLt Theodore F. Smith Jr., 0-799485, Mobile, Alabama, navigator 1stLt James E. Rogers, 0-79010, Concord & Elizabeth City, North Carolina, bombardier 1stLt Kenneth E. Kinney, 0-727638, Governeur, New York, engineer TSgt Floyd Funderburg, 18084703, Wilburton, OK, radio operator SSgt William E. Higgs, 16042117, Plainville, Michigan, assistant engineer SSgt Uhel F. Whitsell, 38059073, Tampa, TX, assistant radio operator SSgt Herman Litz, 17035785, South St. Paul, Minnesota, armorer SSgt Sidney S. Tronic, 11021108, Worcester, Massachusetts, and armorer SSgt Howard B. Swope Jr., 13136859, McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania. All of the enlisted personnel also manned .50 caliber machine guns. It crash landed about 200 yards from Major Werner's aircraft.