Nebraska Authors

Thomas Gordon

Born 1922-05-26 Cedar Rapids, NE (USA)

Died 2012-07-23

Although Gordon's book Thirty Seconds Over Berlin does recount an exciting flight over Berlin on the day the Russians took the city, it is not a war memoir, but a memoir of a life in aviation that recounts experiences as they happened. Lt. Col. Gordon retired from the United States Air Force with 27 years of service. Honors include four Air Medals, six Battle Stars, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Belgian Royal Order of the Fourragere with Palm.

Places Lived

Cedar Rapids, NE (1922-1937)
Lincoln, NE (1937-1938)
Omaha, NE (1946-1951, 1965-1969)
St. Louis, MO

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction


Biographical; Travel; Aviation; Memoir


High School Diploma, 1940, Cedar Rapids High School, Cedar Rapids, NE
Bachelor's Degree, 1948, Omaha University, Omaha, NE
College Level GSA Tests Passed, 1950


Aviator for 53 years (USAF-27, General Dynamics Corporation-20, Contract Pilot-6)

Places Worked

United States Air Force, 27 years
General Dynamics Corporation, 20 years
Contract Pilot, 6 years


Four Air Medals
Six Battle Stars
The Presidential Unit Citation
The Royal Order of the Belgian Fourragere with Palm


Retired Air Force
Air Force Association
National Business Aircraft Association
Confederate Air Force American Legion
Veteran of Foreign Wars
Knights of Columbus
AARP Volunteer Corp


Jet Fuel Conservation Manual. 1975.
Thirty Seconds Over Berlin. 2001.

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