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John A Thomson


2 October 1942 on returning from mission to Meaulte, France, crash landed at Gatwick with landing gear retracted. 3 crew members were injured but all returned. Their plane 'Phyllis' B-17F-BO 41-24397 was salvaged.

Awards: DFC, AM (6OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 325th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24397 Phyllis

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 352BS/301BG Westover 8/7/42; Chelveston 9/8/42; detailed mission to Meaulte, Fr 2/10/42; crash landed RAF Gatwick 2/10/42 with 1Lt. Charles W. Paine, Jr. Co-pilot: 1Lt Robert H. Long, Navigator: 2Lt John A. Thomson, Bombardier: 2Lt Stanley A....


  • VIII Bomber Command 13

    2 October 1942
    97BG and 301BG together despatch 43 B-17s to bomb the Avion Portez aircraft factory ar Meaulte, France; 97BG also despatches 6 B-17s to attack the German airfield Longuenesse at St. Omer, France which is intended as a diversion to the main attack at...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...


Event Location Date
Born St Louis, MO 1919
Lived in St Louis, MO 1941
Enlisted Jefferson Barracks, MO 15 September 1941

Jefferson Barracks, MO

Based Chelveston 1942 – 1944

Assigned to 325BS, 301BG, 8AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
27 December 2018 12:57:55 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2016 18:01:39 Lucy May Changes to surname

Changed spelling of surname from 'Thompson' to 'Thomson' after correspondence with John's son, John A. Thomson, Jr.

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2014 16:37:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 23-Oct-2014 Connections within web site data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:39 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces by Bishop and Hey, p. 36