Willis Manning Thomas, USN

Born  26 Sep 1907Richmond, California
Died  17 Sep 1943(35)USS Pompano (SS-181)


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Ranks

  Lt.Cdr.

Decorations

Jul/Sep 42 Navy Cross (1)

Warship Commands listed for Willis Manning Thomas, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS Pompano (181)Lt.Cdr.SubmarineJun/Jul 4217 Sep 1943 (+)

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Events related to this officer

Submarine USS Pompano (181)


19 Jul 1942
USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. Willis Manning Thomas) left Pearl Harbor for her third war patrol, and was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters.

4 Sep 1942 (position 35.22, 151.40)
USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Thomas) sank the Japanese guard boat Nanshin Maru No.27 (83 tons) with gunfire northeast of Honshu, Japan in position 35°22'N, 151°40'E. Pompano also takes one survivor prisoner.

12 Sep 1942
USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Thomas) ended her third war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She left for an overhaul at the Mare Island Navy Yard shortly afterwards.

16 Jan 1943
With her overhaul completed USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Thomas) left Pearl Harbor for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Marshall Islands.

28 Feb 1943
USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Thomas) ended her fourth war patrol at Midway.

19 Mar 1943
USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Thomas) leaves Midway for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters.

10 May 1943
USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Thomas) ended her 5th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

6 Jun 1943
USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Thomas) left Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol, once again she was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters.

4 Jul 1943 (position 34.38, 137.53)
USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. Willis Manning Thomas) torpedoed and destroys the Japanese seaplane carrier Sagara Maru (offsite link) (7189 GRT) on the coast of southern Honshu in position 34°38'N, 137°53'E. The Sagara Maru was beached after an earlier attack by USS Harder on 22 June 1943.

10 Jul 1943 (position 33.24, 136.07)
USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Thomas) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese oiler Kyokuyo Maru (17549 GRT, built 1938) off southern Honshu in position 33°34'N, 136°07'E

20 Jul 1943 (position 33.55, 136.26)
USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Thomas) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport ship Uyo Maru (6376 GRT) east of Miki Zaki, Honshu, Japan in position 33°55'N, 136°26'E.

28 Jul 1943
USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Thomas) ended her 6th war patrol at Midway.

20 Aug 1943
USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Thomas) left Midway for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters off Hokkaido and Honshu.

1 Sep 1943
USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Thomas) sank the Japanese merchant Nankai Maru (451 GRT) off Miyako, Japan.

3 Sep 1943 (position 41.00, 144.34)
USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Thomas) sank the Japanese merchant Akama Maru (5600 GRT) south-east of Hokkaido in position 41°00'N, 144°34'E.

9 Sep 1943 (position 40.12, 141.55)
USS Pompano (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Thomas) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport ship Nanking Maru (3005 GRT) east of Honshu in position 40°12'N, 141°55'E.


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