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MAJ Jack Pershing Thompson

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MAJ Jack Pershing Thompson

Birth
Death
29 Sep 1943 (aged 26)
Burial
Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot
MA, 0, 38
Military
MAJ, US ARMY AIR CORPS
Memorial ID
1251621 View Source

Extracted from information originally published in January 1943 50th Anniversary Yearbook; World War II Memorial Registration.

Jack Pershing Thompson, born June 19, 1917 at Kusa, Oklahoma, graduated from Stigler High School with the Class of 1936. When he was chosen first alternate in competitive test, his appointment to West Point came when his brother, Albert, failed to pass the physical examination. Jack entered West Point July 1, 1936, graduated June 11, 1940 and was thereupon appointed a Lieutenant, Field Artillery.
Jack was the heir of a military tradition, his father served in two wars. Transferred to Air Corps Jack took his pre-flight training at Tulsa and San Antonio and received his wings in March, 1941. During early training it could be seen that he was destined to become a crack bomber pilot. Jack went overseas in February, 1942, and at first was based at Melbourne, Australia as a B-17 pilot attached to the 28th Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group.

This Group saw action for more than a year in various Pacific theaters of operation and was highly touted as one of the most experienced heavy bombardment outfits in the Army Air Forces. Although the Japanese had complete air superiority in the Southwest Pacific during the early stages of the campaign, Jack and his outfit carried the fight to the enemy, inflicting heavy damage against Lae, Salamaua, Rabaul and Kavieng. They never had the advantage of fighter protection on their flights and were always unescorted. From March 17, 1942 to November 5, 1942, Jack was credited with 21 completed missions and 415:55 combat hours. He had survived ten months of combat in the Pacific area, and three crash landings.

Following his valiant combat record in the Pacific area, Jack came home. He returned to the States November 30, 1942. Because of his brilliant combat record he was appointed the Commanding Officer of the "Thompson Provisional Group", thus named in his honor. For awhile he was on duty as Commanding Officer of the Group and as an instructor at Pyote, Texas and Dyersburg, Tennessee, where he taught fledgling bomber crews. Jack soon volunteered for another tour of duty overseas. Major Jack Thompson's plane disappeared on September 29 1943, while on a flight from Newfoundland to the British Isles. He was the second son of Dr. and Mrs. W.A. Thompson killed in action near in WW2

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Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point (Class of 1940). From Oklahoma, he was a Major in the United States Army Air Forces, Army Air Corps and is memorialized at the East Coast Memorial, New York, New York.
Recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal.
His brother Paul S. Thompson (USMA 1929) was killed in action in Europe while serving with the 908th Field Artillery Battlation 83rd Infantry. A second brother, William M Thompson (USMA January 1943) served in the Pacific Theatre for a short time and in Korea
Son of Dr. William Albert and Grace Anne Langston Thompson. Other siblings were Albert, Robert, Don, and Max
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US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II
Maj. Jack Pershing Thompson MIA/KIA
Entered the Service from: Oklahoma
Squadron: no specific unit assigned
Service #O-023131
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal
Pilot 2nd/Lt. Nathan Fritzhand MIA/KIA

Target: Ferry Mission
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#: 664
Date Lost: 20-Sep-43
Serial Number: #42-39805
Aircraft Model B-17G
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
Location: 775 miles SW from Reykjavík Iceland
Cause: Engine Failure 11MIA/KIA

This Ship and crew were lost at sea in transit to EU on the northern route after leaving Iceland. Piloted by 2nd Lt. Fritzhand with Major J.T. Thompson in provisional command. The crew and ship were not recovered.

42-39805 (c/n: ) Accepted: 3 September 1943 - Lockheed Aircraft Co (Plant A-1), Burbank, California
Assigned: 5 September 1943 - ATC / 6th Ferrying Group - (Long Beach AAF)
Assigned: 22 September 1943 - 2nd AF / 17th BTW - 518 HQABSQ (Pilot Training - 4 Engine) - (Grand Island AAF)
Replacement crew training - no specific unit assigned Ferried: 30 September 1943 - (RCAF Gander - RAF Presque)(Pilot: 2Lt Nathan Fritzhand) Thompson Provisional Group
Ditched (class 5): Thursday, 30 September 1943 @ 0330 hrs (Engine failure) - Atlantic Ocean (775 miles SW from Reykjavík), Reykjavík - Iceland (54°0'0"N / 32°8'59"W)
(Pilot: 2Lt Nathan Fritzhand) - 10 KIA (MACR 664) - SOC.

The #42-39805 crew
2nd/Lt. Nathan Fritzhand Pilot MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Roscoe A. Brooks MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Roy L. Dolinger MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Roy L. Dolinger MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt Charles L. Puma MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. George R. Loy MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Elwin E. Pinkham MIA/KIA
Sgt. Raymond J. Bower MIA/KIA
Sgt. Jim C. Gaines MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. John T. O'Brien MIA/KIA
Pvt. John L. R. Bozeman MIA/KIA
Maj. Jack Pershing Thompson MIA/KIA
Maj. Jack Pershing Thompson MIA/KIA

Extracted from information originally published in January 1943 50th Anniversary Yearbook; World War II Memorial Registration.

Jack Pershing Thompson, born June 19, 1917 at Kusa, Oklahoma, graduated from Stigler High School with the Class of 1936. When he was chosen first alternate in competitive test, his appointment to West Point came when his brother, Albert, failed to pass the physical examination. Jack entered West Point July 1, 1936, graduated June 11, 1940 and was thereupon appointed a Lieutenant, Field Artillery.
Jack was the heir of a military tradition, his father served in two wars. Transferred to Air Corps Jack took his pre-flight training at Tulsa and San Antonio and received his wings in March, 1941. During early training it could be seen that he was destined to become a crack bomber pilot. Jack went overseas in February, 1942, and at first was based at Melbourne, Australia as a B-17 pilot attached to the 28th Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group.

This Group saw action for more than a year in various Pacific theaters of operation and was highly touted as one of the most experienced heavy bombardment outfits in the Army Air Forces. Although the Japanese had complete air superiority in the Southwest Pacific during the early stages of the campaign, Jack and his outfit carried the fight to the enemy, inflicting heavy damage against Lae, Salamaua, Rabaul and Kavieng. They never had the advantage of fighter protection on their flights and were always unescorted. From March 17, 1942 to November 5, 1942, Jack was credited with 21 completed missions and 415:55 combat hours. He had survived ten months of combat in the Pacific area, and three crash landings.

Following his valiant combat record in the Pacific area, Jack came home. He returned to the States November 30, 1942. Because of his brilliant combat record he was appointed the Commanding Officer of the "Thompson Provisional Group", thus named in his honor. For awhile he was on duty as Commanding Officer of the Group and as an instructor at Pyote, Texas and Dyersburg, Tennessee, where he taught fledgling bomber crews. Jack soon volunteered for another tour of duty overseas. Major Jack Thompson's plane disappeared on September 29 1943, while on a flight from Newfoundland to the British Isles. He was the second son of Dr. and Mrs. W.A. Thompson killed in action near in WW2

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Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point (Class of 1940). From Oklahoma, he was a Major in the United States Army Air Forces, Army Air Corps and is memorialized at the East Coast Memorial, New York, New York.
Recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal.
His brother Paul S. Thompson (USMA 1929) was killed in action in Europe while serving with the 908th Field Artillery Battlation 83rd Infantry. A second brother, William M Thompson (USMA January 1943) served in the Pacific Theatre for a short time and in Korea
Son of Dr. William Albert and Grace Anne Langston Thompson. Other siblings were Albert, Robert, Don, and Max
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US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II
Maj. Jack Pershing Thompson MIA/KIA
Entered the Service from: Oklahoma
Squadron: no specific unit assigned
Service #O-023131
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal
Pilot 2nd/Lt. Nathan Fritzhand MIA/KIA

Target: Ferry Mission
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#: 664
Date Lost: 20-Sep-43
Serial Number: #42-39805
Aircraft Model B-17G
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
Location: 775 miles SW from Reykjavík Iceland
Cause: Engine Failure 11MIA/KIA

This Ship and crew were lost at sea in transit to EU on the northern route after leaving Iceland. Piloted by 2nd Lt. Fritzhand with Major J.T. Thompson in provisional command. The crew and ship were not recovered.

42-39805 (c/n: ) Accepted: 3 September 1943 - Lockheed Aircraft Co (Plant A-1), Burbank, California
Assigned: 5 September 1943 - ATC / 6th Ferrying Group - (Long Beach AAF)
Assigned: 22 September 1943 - 2nd AF / 17th BTW - 518 HQABSQ (Pilot Training - 4 Engine) - (Grand Island AAF)
Replacement crew training - no specific unit assigned Ferried: 30 September 1943 - (RCAF Gander - RAF Presque)(Pilot: 2Lt Nathan Fritzhand) Thompson Provisional Group
Ditched (class 5): Thursday, 30 September 1943 @ 0330 hrs (Engine failure) - Atlantic Ocean (775 miles SW from Reykjavík), Reykjavík - Iceland (54°0'0"N / 32°8'59"W)
(Pilot: 2Lt Nathan Fritzhand) - 10 KIA (MACR 664) - SOC.

The #42-39805 crew
2nd/Lt. Nathan Fritzhand Pilot MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Roscoe A. Brooks MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Roy L. Dolinger MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Roy L. Dolinger MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt Charles L. Puma MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. George R. Loy MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Elwin E. Pinkham MIA/KIA
Sgt. Raymond J. Bower MIA/KIA
Sgt. Jim C. Gaines MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. John T. O'Brien MIA/KIA
Pvt. John L. R. Bozeman MIA/KIA
Maj. Jack Pershing Thompson MIA/KIA
Maj. Jack Pershing Thompson MIA/KIA

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