Sergeant Charles Herbert THOMPSON

Service No: 403981
Born: Sydney NSW, 20 June 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 31 March 1941
Unit: No. 408 Squadron (RCAF), RAF Station Balderton
Died: Air Operations: (No. 408 Squadron Hampden aircraft P1244), Germany, 28 August 1942, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Hanover War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Charles and Elsa Thompson, of Alexandria, New South Wales. Australia
Roll of Honour: Alexandria NSW
Remembered: Panel 133, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 2005 hours on the night of 27/28 August 1942, Hampden P1244 took off from Balderton detailed to carry out a bombing operation against Kassel, Germany. The aircraft was due to return from the mission at 0230 hours on 28 August 1942, but the aircraft failed to return to base. A Missing Research and Enquiry team later reported that “the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed exploding on impact in the village of Istham, which is 11 miles west of Kassel.”

The crew members of P1244 were:

Warrant Officer II Lionel Greer Chaston (R/77559) (RCAF) (Observer)
Flight Sergeant Athol Heath Jennings (1365432) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Sergeant Charles Herbert Thompson (403981) (First Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant John William Todd (1074252) (RAFVR) (Second Wireless Air Gunner)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/166/241

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