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Woodford Ross Thompson Jr.

Military

Woodford Ross "Tommy" Thompson, Jr. Bombardier on B-17F "Berlin Sleeper II" A/C 41-24370, 97th BG, 342nd Sqdn, 1942-1943, completed 50 missions from England and North Africa

Service

Units served with

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 342nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24370 BERLIN SLEEPER II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne Mod Cen 24/6/42; originally slated RAF as [FA685] ; Assigned 92BG Bovingdon /6/42 as PALE FACE; 342BS/97BG Polebrook /8/42; Maison Blanche 20/11/42; 103m, the first MTO B-17 to complete 100 missions, including participation on first...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 5

    24 August 1942
    97BG despatches 12 B-17s on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Le Trait, France.

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

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Date Contributor Update
18 April 2015 19:13:34 jet54 Changes to biography
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Posted by Gene Thompson, son of Woodford Ross "Tommy" Thompson, Jr. who was Bombardier on B-17F "Berlin Sleeper II" A/C 41-24370, 97th BG, 342nd Sqdn, 1942-1943, completed 50 missions form England and North Africa

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2015 19:07:30 jet54 Changes to middlename, firstname, suffix, highest rank, role, biography, awards, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Posted by Gene Thompson, son of Woodford Ross "Tommy" Thompson, Jr. who was Bombardier on B-17F "Berlin Sleeper II" A/C 41-24370, 97th BG, 342nd Sqdn, 1942-1943, completed 50 missions form England and North Africa

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

97th Bomb Group Association, Inc., Roster - June 1, 2000 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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