DeLos Thomas, Jr. (1896-1923) was an officer of the Virginia Glee Club during the 1915-1916 and 1916-1917 seasons. He became a Naval aviator during World War I, leading a post-war test flight to establish the efficacy of aerial bombing that sank a stray German U-Boat in 1920, but perished when his plane was lost returning from a flight to Bimini.
Thomas was born in Roanoke, VA, the son of the general freight manager of Norfolk & Western Railway. He attended the University through 1917, where in addition to the Glee Club he was a member of the gymnastics team. In the Glee Club, he sang first bass and served as Secretary and Treasurer in 1915-1916 and Vice President in 1916-1917; he also played in the Mandolin Club. His brother was William S. Thomas, who was president of the Glee Club during two apparently unsuccessful seasons during World War I.
Thomas became a Naval aviator, and following the war participated in an aerial bombing test that sought to establish whether airplanes could be an effective anti-submarine defense. The test sank the captured German U-boat U-117.
Thomas left the Navy sometime prior to 1923, when a seaplane he was piloting from Bimini to Florida disappeared without a trace.
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