Thomas C. Cartwright papers
Scope and Contents
Thomas C. Cartwright served as the pilot of the B-24 bomber, Lonesome Lady, in the 494th Bombardment Group, 7th Air Force. His plane was shot down over Japan at the end of July 1945. Cartwright and one other member of the bomber crew were transported elsewhere, while the majority of the crew was interred in prison in Hiroshima, Japan. All those crewmen were killed when the US dropped the atomic bomb on that city.
The collection contains correspondence, articles, and testimonies related to the bombing of Hiroshima and discovering the fate of Cartwright's bomber crew.
- Created: 1945-2014
- Other: Majority of material found in 1995-2004
- Other: Date acquired: 05/20/2014
- Cartwright, T. C. (Thomas Campbell) (Person)
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Biographical or Historical Information
Thomas C. Cartwright was born in York, South Carolina on March 8, 1924. Cartwright was the pilot of the Lonesome Lady, a B-24 bomber, in the 494th Bombardment Group, 7th Air Group. He was shot down over Japan in July 1945. After the war, he served a professor of genetics at Texas A and M University until his retirement in 1994. Cartwright authored 100 technical articles and a book on an ecological approach to livestock production. In his later life, he also published a work on his wartime experiences titled A Date with the Lonesome Lady: A Hiroshima POW Returns. He passed away on January 11, 2015, in Pack Creek Ranch near Moab, Utah.
Link to Thomas C. Cartwright cemetery and obituary information: [url=https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/141219277/thomas-campbell-cartwright]https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/141219277/thomas-campbell-cartwright[/url]
Language of Materials
Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.
Source of Acquisition
Thomas C. Cartwright
Method of Acquisition
- 494th Bombardment Group (H) Association
- Atomic bomb--History--20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Atomic bomb--Japan--History--20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- B-24 (Bomber) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Ex-prisoners of war--United States--Biography Subject Source: Local sources
- Hiroshima-shi (Japan)--History--Bombardment, 1945 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Prisoners of war Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Prisoners of war--Asia Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Prisoners of war--Japan Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Prisoners of war--United States--History--20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States. Army Air Forces. Air Force. 7th
- United States. Army Air Forces. Bombardment Group (H). 494th
- Thomas C. Cartwright papers
- Allyson Gates
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