THOMSON, KENNETH EDWARD, Second Lieutenant, # 0-771157, USAAF
Kenneth E. Thomson was born on 19 January 1921 in Kennebec, Lyman Co., South Dakota, to Thomas Nicholas Thomson (1887-1941) and Beulah Anna (Rhein) Thomson (1892-1977). Siblings included Donald Loren Thomson (1914-1971), Lucille Bernice (Thomson) Phelps (1916-1983), Dorothy Rhein (Thomson) Grimm (1918-2011), Jerald Edwin Thomson (1927-1945), and two more. He married Elnora Leona Phelps (1921-1993) on 10 December 1938 in Yamhill, Oregon.
He enlisted in the USAAF and completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas. A C-46A, # 44-7331, was lost on 14 July 1945 during a mission from Chengkung, China, to the airfield at Misamari, India. The pilot was 1stLt William M. Duffey, # 0-729828, the co-pilot was 2ndLt Kenneth E. Thomson, # 0-771157, and the radio operator was Sgt Thomas J. French, # 19082216. Last radio contact was with Jorhat, India, at 0504 Zulu, when 10 minutes East of Manpur Road airfield, India. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. Memorial markers were placed in the Platte City Cemetery, Platte, Charles Mix Co., South Dakota.
His brother, Jerald Edwin Thomson, born 21 August 1927, served in the U.S. Navy. In an accident while on leave, he died on 10 August 1945 in McMinnville, Yamhill Co., Oregon, and is buried in the Platte City Cemetery, Platte, North Dakota.
His brother, Donald Thompson, born 29 May 1914, enlisted in the USAAF on 7 September 1942. He died on 20 August 1971 in Wilmington, Los Angeles, California.