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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

November 3, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Sketch tribute to WWII veteran James B. Thoren

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Sketched July 15, 2009, 10:16 a.m.
WWII_SouthPacific_NewGuinea - 1.jpgI’m reposting this sketch of James B. Thoren, a WWII veteran I met at the Flying Heritage Collection last year.
The sketch brings back a memory of the few minutes I spent sketching and listening to Mr. Thoren. He knew so much about every plane on display, I could barely keep up with all the information. He said he flew 24 missions in the South Pacific and kept in touch with his crew for 65 years.
His grandson Jeff e-mailed with the sad news that Mr. Thoren had passed away recently and also sent this photo of him with his crew in the South Pacific (New Guinea.) Click on the photo to view a larger version. Pilot Lt. Colonel James Thoren is in the back row on the left.
Here’s a link to Mr. Thoren’s obituary.

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