Driver William G Thompson

21 Sep 1944

William George Thompson was born and lived in Liverpool. He enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps and volunteered for Airborne forces.

Driver Thompson successfully completed air despatcher training and was posted to 253 (Airborne) Divisional Composite Company, Royal Army Service Corps, and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

Dvr Thompson was killed on 21 September 1944, aged 25, when Stirling LK – 115 of 295 Squadron was hit by Flak and made a belly landing north of Wolfheze in the Planken Wambuis area, near the Van Nieuwenhuizen farm at 14.27 h. The RAF crew were unhurt, but were made PoWs. The two air despatchers were seen falling from the burning plane without parachutes (Roll of Honour, 5th edition, 2011) and William is commemorated on the Groesbeek Memorial to the missing.

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