THORN, DONALD E., Second Lieutenant, # 0-118984, USAAF


Donald E. Thorn was born on 26 November 1920 in Illinois to George Oschen Thorn (1888-1938) (IL) and Agnes Florence (Manarik) Thorn (1894-1975) (IL). Siblings included George Joseph Thorn (1915-1995), Eileen Jean Thorn (1922-2015).


He enlisted in the USAAF in Chicago, Illinois, on 23 March 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed instruction in the dual role of navigator and bombardier through advanced schools on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 15 February 1945, a B-25H, # 43-4977, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a bombing and strafing mission of Kemsi Mansam. It was last sighted by 2ndLt William H. Dugan, 0-718895, at about 0900 hours near Kemsi Mansam (coordinates 21º 55’ North & 97º 50’ East). 2ndLt Dugan reported that he was flying east to the target and met 43-4977 flying west. Dugan called him and told him the weather that direction was extremely bad but received no reply and did not see the B-25 again. After recovery from India, the crew’s remains (Cobb, Collins, Malovich, Plunkett, & Thorn) were buried in a common grave in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas, (Sec. J, Grave 135).


His father, born 28 May 1888, resided at 2942 Emerald Ave., Chicago, Illinois, and was in the U.S. Army National Guard, a Private, Infantry, on 5 June 1917. He died 16 July 1938.


His brother, George J. Thorn, born 11 February 1915, and served in the U.S. Air Force from 2 April 1949 to 31 July 1960. He died on 14 February 1995 in San Diego, California.

COBB, JOHN DORPHIN, Sergeant, # 19126083, USAAF


J D Cobb was born 1917 in Missouri to Charles Arvel Cobb (1890-1960) and Ruth V. (Canaday) Cobb (1897-1983). Siblings included Kathryn Elizabeth (Cobb) Hodge (1920-2004) (MO) and Mary Marjorie Cobb (1926-1933) (MO).


After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained in the maintenance and repair of the mechanical systems on the B-25 Mitchell and as a gunner. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India.