December 12, 1914 (Norwalk, CT) – March 16, 1942; 27 years old; unmarried
Last local address unknown
Service number: 6134372

The Bakersfield Californian, March 17, 1942

Two Gardner Field men, flying east on official business, were killed last night near Winslow, Arizona when their plane crashed shortly after 6 p.m. The dead are First Lieutenant Thomas Bither, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.H. Bither of Berkeley, and Technical Sergeant T. A. Dybicz, 28, of Norwalk, Connecticut. Lieutenant Bither was born December 5, 1916 in Berkeley, where he was educated in public schools and the University of California. He took primary flight training at Santa Maria, Randolph and Kelly fields and was commissioned July 26, 1940. He came to Gardner Field on July 7, 1941 where he was station engineering officer. Sergeant Dybicz was born December 12, 1914 in Norwalk, Connecticut. He first enlisted at Hickam Field, Hawaii, re-enlisting at Gardner in September 1941. He is survived by a brother in Norwalk. Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth C. McGregor, commanding Gardner Field said “the flight was not routine,” but declined to give information on the pair’s destination or cause of the crash.

Buried in family plot in St John’s Cemetery; Section B1, Grave 63E ½.

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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