June 18, 2018

Lt Thomas D Stewart USAF

Aircraft: P38 Lightening 42-282274

Squadron: 402d Fighter Squadron

Date of crash: 15/05/1944

Related Airmen:

William E Evers USAF

P38, 402nd Squadron: 15 May 1944

P38, from the 402nd squadron of the 370th Fighter Group, crashed through clouds into another plane and plunged straight down into a bluebell wood.

15-05-44 42-67890 P-38J. 402FS/370FG.Accident(KMAC) at Crux Easton (Killed, Mid Air Collision)

The 370th Fighter Group in World War II, In Action over Europe with the P-38 and P-51, By Jay Jones, Page 39

Two pilots in the 402nd were killed on May 15. Lt. William E. Evers was giving a new pilot, Second Lt. Thomas D. Stewart, an orientation flight. They were probably playing around in a mock dogfight and had a mid-air collision. Evers bailed out of his P-38 but struck the plane’s horizontal stabilizer and was killed. Stewart was pinned in his P-38 and rode it into the ground. Lt. Evers was one of the original members of the group and was a “West Pointer.” He was married and left his new bride back in Massachusetts. Lt. Stewart, a Las Vegas native, had been with the squadron for only six days.

Lt. Evers and Stewart took off from the runway at R.A.F. Andover. Their aircrafts travelled ~ 11.9 miles north west and crashed ~ 1.4 Miles apart from each other.

Thomas Dee Stewart’s Crash Site was located at:
Latitude: 51°18’42.11″N. Longitude: 1°22’19.03″W


The wreck of a P-38 Lightning of the 370th Fighter Group at Andover. Handwritten caption on reverse: ‘Looking East, Anover Field, England.’




Lt Thomas Dee Stewart

Stewart was a young American pilot from Nevada. He served with the US Ninth Air Force out of Andover. Stewart was charged with escorting bombers who took part in raids over France.

His body was retrieved at the time and flown back to be buried in Alamo, Lincoln County, Nevada, USA. He was just 25


This photograph is assumed to have been taken at the graduation of Thomas Dee STEWART’s Flying Cadet Class 43-H in 1943.
Serial No 756124.
2nd Lt 402 AFF Ftr Sq WWII NV

Lt Thomas D Stewart 402FS 370FG
US Army Air Force

Flying Cadet Class 43-H (Luke Field,Phoenix,AZ,Advanced Pilot-Single Engine -Unconfirmed)

This a photograph of Thomas Dee Stewart’s girlfriend, Carmen NIELSON. It was found in his wallet when the crash site was excavated. (her high school senior photo)

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