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Tom Costello

 

Date and Place of Birth: 1914 Center Township, NJ
Date and Place of Death:    June 7, 1943 Snetterton Heath Airfield, Norfolk, England
Baseball Experience: College
Position: Outfield
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Military Unit: 553rd Bomb Squadron, 386th Bomb Group USAAF
Area Served: European Theater of Operations

Thomas C. "Tom" Costello was born in Center Township, New Jersey in 1914. The family later moved to Gloucester, New Jersey. Costello attended La Salle High School and La Salle College (now University) in Philadelphia where was a star baseball player. He later played for the Gloucester and Collingswood teams in the Camden County League back in New Jersey.

Costello entered military service in April 1942 with the Army Air Force. He took basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and later served at Fort Riley, Kansas and then Fort Bliss, Texas where he was chosen for Flight Officer Candidate School. He trained at Miami Beach, Florida, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant on December 9, 1942. Initially assigned as a physical education director at Tampa, Florida, Costello later joined the 553rd Bomb Squadron of the 386th Bomb Group (a Martin B-26 Marauder group) and was sent to England as a transportation officer.

Second Lieutenant Costello was killed in an accident at Snetterton Heath Airfield, shortly after arriving in England on June 7, 1943. He is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery in England.

Some of the information contained in this biography was found at www.dvrbs.com.

Date Added February 5, 2013 Updated July 8, 2013

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