Thompson, Gilman F., Jr., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1051-Pilot - Two-Engine
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1945-1945, M 1034, 311th Troop Carrier Squadron
Service Years
1944 - 1945
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Pacific Area

Casualty Date
Oct 12, 1945
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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World War II Fallen
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Navigator Badge

 Unit Assignments
Air Education and Training Command311th Troop Carrier Squadron
  1944-1944, Aviation Cadet Navigator Training Course, Harlingen, TX
  1945-1945, M 1034, 311th Troop Carrier Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Clemson University
  1942-1943, Clemson University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-46 Commando  
  1944-1945, C-46 Commando
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Gilman Felch Thompson, Jr. was born in Greenville, South Carolina on November 21, 1924, the son of Gilman Felch and Lillie Cox Thompson, Sr. Presumably after graduating from high school, he enrolled at Clemson University as part of the Class of 1946. Records show he only completed one year.

It is not known when he joined the military or where he took navigator training. His first appearance in the military record is as a pilot of a C-46D and assigned to the 311th Troop Carrier Squadron, operating in the Pacific area.

On October 12, 1945, he was the pilot of a C-46D ferrying troops to Iwo Jima. Approximately 3 hours into the flight, an expected radio check with Naha, Okinawa was not made. Sixty-seven aircraft made 12 flghts looking for the supposed downed aircraft, but no wreckage or bodies were found. The crew of 6 and 34 passengers were all listed as Missing in Action, later declared dead.

Lt. Thompson is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing, Honolulu Memorial Cemetery. A rembrance stone also is in (presumably) a cemetery in Greenville, South Carolina.


The aircraft in this incident was C-46D #44-78391, assigned to the 311th Troop Carrier Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 14987 was issued, and identifies the crew as:

1 Lt Kenneth W. Coats      p
1 Lt F.J. Dams                c-p
2Lt Gilman F. Thompson    nav
TSgt E.F. Hayes        eng
SSgt O.S. Neal        r/o
1 Lt Brickley           extra pilot

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