James Edwin Thomason


Vocational Agricultural Education

Alpha Tau Alpha; Track; Dairy Club; FFA; Company G, Second Battalion, Second Regiment.

Simpsonville, SC

Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Thomason

Army Air Force, Private

Feb 1, 1917

Mar 13, 1943

DNB - Died in a training accident at Williams Field, Arizona, about 30 miles southeast of Phoenix. While working underneath an AT-17 (SN# 42-158) training aircraft, Thomason inadvertently removed the nuts and bolts from the landing gear retracting screw bracket before provided jacks or other means of support for the aircraft. The aircraft collapsed onto Thomason, killing him instantly.

Woodlawn Memorial Park, Greenville, SC


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Collapsed Gear – Vignette written by Kelly Durham for The Echo