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James M Thompson


Commanding Officer of the 448th Bomb Group at Seething from May 1943 to April 1944. Declared Killed in Action (KIA) on 1st April 1944. Parachute failed to open from lead PFF aircraft 41-28763. Story detailed pp. 79-80 in 'Liberators Over Germany'.


Units served with

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • Headquarters (448th Bomb Group)


  • 41-28763

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. PFF A/C Leading 389BG. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Pforzheim hit by flak, crash landed Arras. 1-Apr-44. 3 x EVD, 8 x POW, 1 x KIA. MACR 3596.

Associated Place

  • Seething

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with...


Event Location Date
Lived in Texas, USA 1940

Exact dates not yet known

Commanding Officer of 448th BG Seething, Norwich, Norfolk NR15, UK 1 May 1943 – 1 April 1944
Killed in Action (KIA) 1 April 1944

Plot A Row 22 Grave 32


Date Contributor Update
09 June 2015 14:02:47 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Combined two entries for James M Thompson into a single entry. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
Combat Chronology Supplement p. 243 / 'The 448th BG (H): Liberators over Germany in World War II' by Brett / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Other source:
ABMC record:

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2015 16:50:31 rossingtonj Changes to biography

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2015 16:48:30 rossingtonj Changes to role, biography, events and place associations

Seething Control Tower Museum: (bottom of page)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:44 AAM AAM ingest

Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database