Thompson, Jack, Jr., Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 611, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1945
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Sergeant

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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hominy
Last Address
427th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Jan 13, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
A.J. Powell Memorial Cemetery - Hominy, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1945, World War II Fallen


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Aerial Gunner Badge


 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 611, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 611, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Jack Thompson, Jr. was born on September 2, 1920, in Hominy, Oklahoma. His parents were Andrew Jesse and Donna Thompson. (It is not know why Thompson referred to himself as "Junior.")

According to one source, Thompson enlisted as a private in the US Army Air Forces in March, 1943. Selected for flight duty, he was trained as an aerial gunner.

He was sent to England in late 1944 and assigned to the combat crew led by Lt McCullough. He flew 2 missions with this crew, starting January 10, 1945.

The target on January 13, 1945 was the railroad bridge at Mannheim, Germany. On the bomb run, the aircraft was struck by flak. The horizontal stabilizer was blown off the aircraft, and the tail fin was shredded. The aircraft entered a steep dive, then broke up in mid-air. No parachutes were observed.

German records show that 7 bodies were recovered (although one was not of the crew.) Later reports show three additional names written in. Presumably, these dead were buried in a German cemetery.

After the war, the bodies were recovered, and Sgt Thompson was returned to the U.S. for private burial. He now lies in the A.J. Powell Memorial Cemetery in Hominy, Oklahoma.


www.findagrave.com
www.ancestry.com
www.303rdbg.com/missionreport/301.pdf
www.303rdbg.com/combat crews
US Census 1930
Headstone or Marker Application  Record card (signed on December 13, 1949)

  

Comments/Citation
Sgt Jack Thompson, Jr was the assigned waist gunner on B-17G # 43-38689,unnamed, assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 11574 details this episode. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

2 Lt Oliver T. Eisenhart  p
2 Lt Henry W. McCullough  c-p
2 Lt  Maurice R. Herrick  nav
F/O Herring Joyce, Jr  bomb
Sgt  Samuel M. Hindman  eng/tt gun
SSgt Bernard S. Kaufman  r/o
Sgt  William V. Kimber  btg
Sgt  Jack Thompson, Jr  wg
Sgt  Therman F. Conaway  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

The mission narrative refers to Joyce as "Lt." All other sources within the 303rd Bomb Group states "F/O."

   
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