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Henry L Thompson

Military

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) training mission in P-51B 42-
106809, 2nd Lt Thompson radioed that his propeller governer had failed and baled out over North sea off Scarborough. Died non Battle (DNB). MACR 12296.
Prior to enlisting he was a very talented horticulturist, garden designer and landscape architect and is commemorated on the tablets of the missing at Cambridge.

Awards: PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

Aircraft

  • 42-106809 'Little Liquidator'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt George F Baker Jr. Failed to Return (FTR) training mission, pilot radioed that propeller governer had failed and baled out over North sea. Died non...

  • 44-11236

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Richard H Daniels.

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Jefferson County, TX, USA 1919

Son of Albert L and Carrie L Thompson.

Lived in Tyler, Texas 1941
Lived in Smith County, TX, USA 1941
Enlisted Houston, TX, USA 7 May 1942
Based East Wretham January 1945 – 7 February 1945

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed 21 January 1945

Landing Accident East Wrentham/Sta 133 Cat 3 damage, 2nd Lt Henry L Thompson, 21-Jan-45.

Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea off Scarborough 7 February 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) training mission in P-51B 42-
106809, 2nd Lt Thompson radioed that his propeller governer had failed and baled out over North sea off Scarborough. Died non Battle (DNB). MACR 12296.

Buried May 1945

Tablets of the missing.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2020 06:02:09 Bombay Changes to biography
Sources

fix spelling

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2016 11:13:06 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28674582
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Thompson%2C+Henry+L
http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/planes/ryedale/106809.html
https://www.fold3.com/page/529903564_henry_l%20thompson/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/84820208_henry_l%20thompson/details/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Unit History

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