669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

1Lt. Tonnis NMI Boukamp

Pilot,  O-026182

Killed In Action - Sep 29, 1944

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)

WWII-Medal

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      Born: 28-Dec-1920, Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan

Entered Military Service: Date: 1-Jul-1940 At: USMA From: Otsego County, Michigan

Buried: Luxembourg American Cemetery, Luxembourg, Plot C Row 9 Grave 17

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1Lt Tonnis Boukamp

Entered the service from Michigan.

Tonnis Boukamp was born in Muskegon, Michigan, on December 28, 1920. Later the family moved to Port Huron, Michigan, where Tonnis completed his elementary education and entered Port Huron High School. He was President of his graduating class of May, 1939. He attended Port Huron Junior College for one year before entering the United States Military Academy.

His boyhood ambition was to attend West Point and become a pilot. That ambition began to be fulfilled when he entered the Academy in July 1940.

Lieutenant Boukamp received his commission in the Army Air Force at West Point, where he was graduated in June 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Before he went overseas in February 1944, he received additional training at Mather Field, California; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Laurel, Mississippi; and Camp Shanks, New York.

Lieutenant Boukamp, veteran of the pre-invasion bombings of Nazi targets in France and Belgium, served as an A-20 Havoc pilot in support of Allied ground troops on the Western Front. He participated in a Ninth Air Force attack on the railroad marshaling yard and fuel dump at Domfront, France, where bombs from his group of A-20's created fires and explosions and sent debris high into the air. His ship was one of the first group of A-20's to attack targets in enemy occupied Europe. His operational missions were against targets ranging from communication lines and airfields to railroad yards and robot plane installations.

Lieutenant Boukamp was killed in action over Bitburg, Germany on September 29, 1944. On that day he had to make two runs over his target. When he made his second run his right engine was hit by the heavy flak which surrounded his plane. The right wing was in flames, and seconds later the plane went into a deep right turn and crashed. He had completed fifty-two missions over enemy held territory and held the Air Medal with many Oak Leaf Clusters.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Doris Boukamp; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Boukamp; a daughter, Linda Annette; two sisters, Miss Anna Boukamp and Miss Emmajean Boukamp; and a brother, John Boukamp, who recently returned to civilian life after serving two and one-half years in the United States Navy.

Extracted from Find A Grave.com



During a mission in the morning of September 29, 1944, Lt. Boukamp's aircraft was hit by flak during the bomb run. Both engines caught fire and the plane went down. The gunners were able to parachute and were taken prisoner by German forces. Lt. Boukamp, a member of the West Point class of June 1943 was killed in action .



Notes:
A/C Last Sighted and was Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Nickname of A/C: "Dorlinda"

Description:
Moderate to intense flak at the target cost us two planes, both flown by our original crews from the States. ... Lt Tonnis Boukamp's plane was also hit, but in both engines. With both engines on fire, the plane was last seen falling away in a gentle glide, still under control on a southwesterly heading, 8 miles southwest of the target. No chutes were seen. ... Lt Boukamp's gunners were Staff Sergeants Russell J. Colosimo and Jeong S. Wing.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 9188 and Mission # 148




Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
USMA Portrait
US Army Register 1944
Photo
1st Lt. Tonnis Boukamp, Bitburg, Germany 9/29/44
Tonnis Boukamp and Capt Meredith Joy Huff, England 1944
The Times Herald (Port Huron, Michigan) 07 Jul 1944, Fri Page 5
The Times Herald (Port Huron, Michigan) 16 Jun 1944, Fri Page 7
The Times Herald (Port Huron, Michigan) 03 Sep 1944, Sun Page 5
The Times Herald (Port Huron, Michigan) 10 Feb 1945, Sat Page 1
The Times Herald (Port Huron, Michigan) 06 Nov 1944, Mon Page 5
The Times Herald (Port Huron, Michigan) 01 Apr 1945, Sun Page 5
The Times Herald (Port Huron, Michigan) 21 Oct 1944, Sat Page 1
Headstone Inscription and Interment Record
Headstone
Rosters Of WW II Dead
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry
National World War II Memorial Registry


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