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SSGT Robert Charles “Charlie” Thompson

SSGT Robert Charles “Charlie” Thompson

Anniston, Calhoun County, Alabama, USA
Death 22 Mar 1944 (aged 22)
Papua New Guinea
Burial Roopville, Carroll County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 9523444 · View Source
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Everyone called him Charlie.

He was killed in a plane crash in New Guinia during the war.

He was my uncle.

I was less than a year old when he died.

His remains, along with other crew member's, were discovered in the jungle in the 1980's and he was returned to Roopville.

His sister is Mary Sue Thompson Fransko.
She is also buried in the Roopville cemetary.

Here is the Story of the Crash.

B-24D-130-CO "Weezie" Serial Number 42-41081

5th AF
22nd BG
19th BS

Former Assignments
3rd BG
90th BS

Pilot 2nd Lt Robert E. Allred, O-679012 (KIA) Fort Des Moines, IA

Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Raymond J. Geis, Jr., O-815308 (KIA) Chicago, IL

Navigator 2nd Lt Keith I. Holm, O-752491 (KIA) Evertt, WA

Passenger S/Sgt Robert C. Thompson, 34394642 (KIA) AL

Passenger Sgt Clint P. Butler, 6939262 (KIA) Little Rock, AR

Passenger Sgt Stanley C. Lawrence, 20656522 (KIA) Eau Claire, WI

Passenger Capt Charles R. Barnard, O-734785 (KIA) Wadsworth, OH

Passenger Sgt Charles Samples Jr., 15069733 (KIA) Swithers, WV

Passenger 2nd Lt Stanley G. Gross, O-744980 (KIA) Chicago, IL

Passenger T/4 Joseph E. Kachorek, 33170120 (KIA) Milwaukee, WI

Passenger 2nd Lt Charles R. Steiner, O-749103 (KIA) Navarre, OH

Passenger Cpl Joseph B. Mettam, 39109096 (KIA) Selam Beach, CA

Passenger 2nd Lt Melvin F. Walker, O-737508 (KIA) Racine, WI

Passenger Pfc Carlin E. Loop, 37495005 (KIA) Salina, KS

Passenger 2nd Lt Emory C. Young, O-811487(KIA) Good Hope, IL

Passenger Sgt Harold T, Atkins, 19018763 (22nd BG) MT

Passenger Sgt Weldon W, Frazier, 6282510 (345th BG) Palestine, TX

Passenger SSgt Thomas Carpenter Jr, 7080836 (5 BC) Georgiana, AL

Passenger SSgt Frank Ginter, 20283103 (43rd BG) (KIA) NY

Passenger SSgt William M, Shrake, 35092402 (KIA) Mooresville, IN

Passenger SSgt John J. Staseowski, 31007362 (38th BG) Holyoke, MA

Passenger 2nd Lt Harvey E Landrum O-679759 71st TRG 17th TRS (KIA) TX

Crashed March 22, 1944
MACR 4090

Aircraft History
Constructors Number 2158.

Mission History
Took off from 7-Mile Drome on a courier flight to Nadzab Airfield. Crashed into Mount Thumb, killing all aboard: the crew of 3 and 19 passengers.

The crash site was discovered in the early 1980's, and reported to Bruce Hoy, then curator of the PNG Museum Modern History Department.

Remains Recovery
During 1982, the crash site was investigated by US Army CILHI to recover the remains for identification.

The entire crew was declared dead on March 22, 1944 and are memorialized on the tablets of the missing' at Manila American Cemetery.

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  • Created by: Bob Brown
  • Added: 27 Sep 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9523444
  • Virgil & DeAnna Hancock-Cooley
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Robert Charles “Charlie” Thompson (6 Aug 1921–22 Mar 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9523444, citing Roopville City Cemetery, Roopville, Carroll County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Bob Brown (contributor 46536183) .