Thompson, John

Date of birth:
1919
Service number:
J86020
Nationality:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

Biography

John Thompson served with the Royal Canadian Air Force bestween September 15th, 1941 and December 20th, 1946 before entering Reserve, Central Section, Class "E". During the wartime he reached the rank of Flying Officer.

Career:
? - November 6th, 1942: No. 1 ITS;
? - February 5th, 1943: No. 2 EFTS;
? - May 28th, 1943: No. 11 SFTS;
? : No. 77 Squadron.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
No. 77 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
January 6th, 1945
Action:
Citation:
"This officer has participated in attacks against a wide range of targets. He has consistently displayed great determination in attacking his allotted target and courage in the face of enemy opposition. In June 1944, during an attack against a target in France, Flying Officer Thompson showed fine captaincy and excellent airmanship when attacked by two enemy fighters. This officer's record is one of sustained operational endeavour and is worthy of high praise."

Public Records Office Air 2/9038 recommendation dated 17 October 1944:
30 Apr 44 GARDENING (3.02) 17 July 44 Caen (3.45)
7 May 44 GARDENING (3.21) 20 July 44 Chapelle Notre Dame (3.35)
9 May 44 Berneval (4.07) 25 July 44 Wanne Eickel (5.20)
10 May 44 Lens (3.50) 28 July 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.35)
1 June 44 Ferne d'Urville (4.07) 30 July 44 Area "G" (4.00, DNCO)
2 June 44 Trappes (4.54) 3 Aug 44 Bois de Cassan (4.20)
5 June 44 Maisy (4.15) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.30)
6 June 44 St.Lo (5.09) 7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE 3 (3.55)
11 Jun 44 Massy Palaiseau (4.44) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormel (3.35)
12 Jun 44 Amiens (4.04) 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 22 (3.35)
16 Jun 44 Sterkrade (4.14) 15 Aug 44 Eindhoven (3.45)
22 Jun 44 Laon (4.39) 16 Aug 44 Kiel (4.50)
24 Jun 44 Noyelle en Chaussee (3.32) 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (5.00)
25 Jun 44 Montorgueil (3.24) 31 Aug 44 Lumbres (3.00, DNCO)
27 Jun 44 Mont Cannon (3.35) 11 Sept 44 Nordstern (4.40)
28 Jun 44 Blainville (6.39) 15 Sept 44 Kiel (5.30)
1 July 44 St.Martin (3.25) 6 Oct 44 Gladbach (4.15)
This Captain of aircraft has almost completed his first operational tour consisting of 34 sorties which have been carried out over a wide range of targets and performed during day and night raids.
During his operational tour he has shown consistently good results and great determination in attacking his allotted target, thereby obtaining a good photographic record which shows many aiming point photographs.
On the 5th June 1944, when attacking the target of Maisy, Flying Officer Thompson displayed fine captaincy and excellent airmanship when he was attacked by two enemy fighters which he successfully evaded and inflicted damage on one of them.
This officer's record is one of sustained operational endeavour, and is considered most deserving of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, for which he is strongly recommended.
Details:
Award effective 6 January 1945, The London Gazette, 19 January 1945.
AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Awarded with overseas bar.
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal

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