Thompson, William James, Col

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Primary Unit
1968-1979, MIA Vietnam
Service Years
1955 - 1968

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Da Nang AB

Casualty Date
Aug 01, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
50W 046

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Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments
366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - ThunderboltsUS Air Force
  1967-1968, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters
  1967-1968, 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts
  1968-1979, MIA Vietnam
  1968-1979, MIA Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1967-1968, F-4 Phantom
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Two men went missing when F-4D serial 66-8822 from the 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron was shot down in the vicinity of the Ban Karai Pass 15 miles southwest of Dong Hoi, North Vietnam:
  • Major William J. Thompson, Houston, TX
  • 1stLt Joseph S. Ross, Fort Thomas, KY
Both men were carried as MIA, and promoted while in that status, until Presumptive Findings of Death were approved by the Secretary of the Air Force - Ross on 12 March 1975 and Thompson on 05 March 1979.

The Air Force casualty list says that Captain Ross was assigned to the 362nd TFS, but the 362nd did not deploy to Southeast Asia. Similarly, the POW Network puts Colonel Thompson in the 399th TFS, another squadron that did not serve in SEA.

Body not recovered; memorialized in Arlington, Memorial Section I.


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