In Memory of Daddy
Captain Thomas Joseph Shanley
Happy Memorial Day for Daddy
This is a day to remember those who risked their lives in service to our country. Today, I have been reading all the tiny bits of information written by his crew members, memories they put together as they grew older. My father was a pilot in the US Army Air Corp during WWII. He flew as co-pilot of a B-17 with a crew in the 8th Air Force, 94th Bomb Group, 332nd Squadron. They were based at Rougham, Bury St. Edmonds, England.
He did not speak to any of us of his missions or the war when we were growing up. We asked, he always said it was secret. He kept a lot of it hidden away. He probably had some degree of post traumatic stress disorder. I don’t think he ever really recovered. He was a wonderful man and taught me many things growing up. He died at a young age, 58 in 1982. What we know about his life during the war, we learned from these other crew members. I am very grateful to have a better understanding of what he went through, a better understanding of the hell of war.
I love you daddy.
I dedicate this day to you and to all the men and women like you.