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Captain Luther M. Thompson

May 26, 1919 - March 11, 1945

Captain Luther M. Thompson

(May 26, 1919 - March 11, 1945)


United States Army Air Forces was a member of the 879th Bombardment Squadron, 499th Bombardment Group. He died when his airplane (42-24753) departed from Saipan on a combat mission over Nagoya Japan. Almost immediately after take off, the No. 4 engine was observed to be on fire. After the plane crashed, there were no known survivors. Luther was first listed as missing in action and then in June his status was changed to killed in action. He is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii. At the time of his death, his family was living in Lovelady, Houston County, Texas.


Information from WWII Memorial Registry and the crash report for airplane 42-24753

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Wadsworth Man is Now Aviation Cadet Luther Thompson

Is Assigned to Rankin Aeronautical Academy


The Daily Tribune, October 13, 1941      

Tulare, Calif. Oct. 13--Luther M. Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Travis Thompson, Wadsworth, has received his appointment as an Aviation Cadet in the U. S. Army Air Corps and has been assigned to the Rankin Aeronautical Academy here for his nine weeks primary training course.

The Rankin Academy, one of the newest of the air corps training schools, is headed by J. G. "Tex" Rankin, famous aviator who taught more than 3500 men and women to fly without a single serious accident.

Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery, Houston County, Texas
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Josie Ella Thompson

July 6, 1894 - October 6, 1980


Josie is buried in Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery in Houston County, Texas with her husband Travis Thompson (March 31, 1895-December 21, 1977).

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