Sergeant Henry St George THOMPSON

Service No: 425073
Born: Longreach QLD, 23 April 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 7 December 1941
Unit: No. 4 Air Observers’ School (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 4 Air Observers’ School Anson aircraft N5026), Isle of Man, 30 December 1943, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Andreas (St Andrew) Churchyard, Isle of Man
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Thomas Thompson and Frances Harriet Thompson, of Corinda, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Brisbane QLD
Remembered: Panel 131, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On the 30 December 1943, Anson N5026 took off from West Freugh at 1953 hours, on a non-operational night navigation exercise. It hit a cliff at 2100 hours, and crashed 1.5 miles from Port Soderick, Isle of Man. All on board were killed.

The crew members of N5026 were:

Flight Sergeant Cecil Gordon Eckersley (416210) (Pilot)
Sergeant Lewis James John Henly (1585996) (RAFVR) (Staff Wireless Operator)
Sergeant Harold Peters (428533) (Navigator)
Sergeant Henry St George Thompson (425073) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Geoffrey Robert Tippett (429362) (Bomb Aimer)

An Inquiry into the accident found that the primary cause of the accident was “the shearing of one of the propeller Boss belts, which caused spasmodic and intense vibration, and loss of engine revs as it came into contact with the nuts of the front cover. It was though that the Pilot decided to make an immediate forced landing, preferably on water near the coast, but that he overshot aiming north while flying in bad visibility, and faced with cliffs ahead, he opened up to try and clear them, but crashed head on into them.”


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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/39/195

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