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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.
US Census 1930
Headstone or Marker Application Record card (signed on December 13, 1949)
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."