Capt. Thomas B. Luckett


(Robert M. Littlefield)

Capt. Thomas B. Luckett

38th FS - 06 June 1944 - 24 August 1944 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CG-X 44-13749 "Jeanne"

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
217 24 August 1944 Dresden (Red 1)
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed
Damaged  
Score Detail 24 August 1944  Ju-88 destroyed (ground) Burg A/F
Notes Entered service from Houston, Texas.
From Oklahoma
ASN - O-726275
06 June 1944 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
August 1944 - Awarded Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
September 1944 - Posthumously promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain
September 1944 - Posthumously awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
MACR No. 09190

Major John D. Landers reported: "I was leading Hellcat Squadron on a strafing mission over Burg, Germany at about 1230 on 24 August 1944.  My wingman and I made a pass at an airfield and Lt. Luckett was abreast of me with his flight.  After we had passed over the field I noticed that Lt. Luckett's ship had been hit by light flak as I could see coolant streaming from his airplane.  After he pulled up to about 100 feet his plane seemed to start a gradual dive when suddenly it flipped over on it's back and nosed straight into the ground.  The ship blew up and I am certain that the pilot did not survive."

Strangely, Luckett's name is listed on the Wall of the Missing, Netherlands American Military Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands, but the Germans had reported him buried, August 25, 1944, in the Burg City Cemetery near Magdeburg, Germany.  After the war American authorities received information from official German sources that Lt. Luckett was not buried in the Burg City Cemetery.
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

Awards
Memories  
Additional Photo Capt. Luckett's name on the Wall of the Missing, Netherlands American Military Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands. (T. Berendsen)
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