LEST WE FORGET

Squadron Leader William Bethel THOMPSON

Service No: 251651
Born: 28 December 1906, location unavailable
Enlisted in the RAAF: Date unavailable
Unit: RAAF Headquarters, Melbourne VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident (United States Navy transport aircraft P82Y5R), Ebeye, Marshall Islands, 12 February 1945, Aged 38 Years
Buried: Sydney War Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Ernest and Gladys McDonald Thompson; husband of Millicent Francklyn Thompson, of Malvern, Victoria
Roll of Honour: Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Panel 97, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Australian Dictionary of Biography

On 12 February 1945, Squadron Leader Thompson, an Equipment Officer, lost his life when a United States Naval Air Transport plane crashed when attempting to make a landing at a lagoon in the Marshall Islands.

References:

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, 166/39/464