THOMPSON, ROBERT J., Sergeant, # 12207640, USAAF
Robert J. Thompson was born on 28 September 1923 in Niagara Falls, Niagara Co., New York, to Francis Joseph Thompson (1891-1954) and Grace Ellen (Downs) Thompson (1893-1971) (married 21 September 1920, Niagara Falls, NY). Siblings included Francis J. “Bud” Thompson Jr. (1925-2010), John Edward Thompson (1927-2002), Mary Louise Thompson (1934-2004) and James Bernard Thompson (1930-2015).
After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained and sent overseas to the China-Burma-India theater of war. On 4 July 1945 a B-25D Mitchell medium bomber, “Miz Matilda,” # 41-30010, assigned to 10th Air Force, 427 Night Fighter Squadron, Kisselbari, India, departed the airfield at Chengkung, China, on a utility mission to Dinjan, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). He was a passenger on the flight. Its last radio contact was at 27° 32’ North and 95° 16’ East, 9 miles south of the Brahmaputra River, in the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.
His brother, Francis J. Thompson Jr., born 21 June 1925, served in the U.S. Army from 1 January 1945. He died 15 February 2010 in Mt. Saint Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston, NY, and is buried in the Oakland Rural Cemetery, Porter Center, Niagara Co., NY.
His brother, John E. Thompson, born 12 July 1927, served in the U.S. Navy, MOMM3, from 31 August 1944 to 28 June 1946. He died 29 August 2002 and is buried in the Saint Stephens Roman Catholic Cemetery, Grand Island, Erie Co., NY.
His father, born 14 February 1891, served in the U.S. Army National Guard (NY), 3rd Infantry Division, Company E, Sergeant, # 1214287 (Mess), from 28 March 1916 to honorable discharge 3 May 1919. His unit was activated 28 March 1916 for the Mexican Punitive Campaign (1916-1917). He was at training on 5 October 1916 at Camp Whitman, NY. He died 2 December 1954 and is buried in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston, NY.