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    Hello,

    Hello,

    I research as much information about Flight Lieutenant. J. C. Thompson. 266 Sqdn. (POW), January 11, 1943, Loss at Plélo (Britanny).
    Cordialement,
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    Mit freundlichem Gruß,

    Dan

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    G'Day Cobber,

    Thompson was Southern Rhodesian.

    A few extracts from the 266 Sqn ORB:

    11 January (1943). Lost our 'B' Flight commander today. Flight Lieutenant Tommy Thompson. Four aircraft took off at dawn. Went over France. Tommy, flying 'Q' developed engine trouble and landed OK in France. Last message on R/T 'Goodbye boys. Write to Ma'. Believed to have destroyed his aircraft and been taken prisoner. (Peter Penfold)

    The Operation Record says:

    Four aircraft, Squadron Leader Charles Green, Flying Officer Deall, Flight Lieutenant James Clack (Tommy) Thompson and Flying Officer John Robert Dison (Bob) Menelaws took off at first light to do Rhubarb (railway attack) at St Brieuc. Just after crossing the French coast, Thompson said on the R/T that he had had it and must force-land and his aircraft was seen emitting smoke and glycol. He slowed down and the other three aircraft drew ahead. They were going to turn round to see how he had managed, when some ack-ack opened up on them, so Squadron Leader Charles Green ordered the task be abandoned, and they headed east for the coast, getting quite a bit of AA, which may have come from the Le Lain, St Brieuc Aerodrome, but returned safely to base.

    Later comment states:

    Tommy Thompson now a POW. Very browned off.

    Appendix 3: Rhodesian airmen who were taken prisoner of war during World War II.

    Service No.: 778236/80264
    POW No.: 175
    Rank: A/ Flt Lt.
    Surname: Thompson, James Clack.
    Initials: J C
    Date shot down: 11/1/1943.
    Target: -
    A/C type & number: Typhoon IB R8802 - 266 Sqn.
    Other information: On a roving patrol sortie seeking opportunity ground targets, was shot down by flak SW of Etaples. James was a pilot serving on 266 (Rhodesia) Sqn. POW camps: Stalag Luft I via Stalag Luft III, Dulag Luft.

    See:
    A Pride of Eagles:The Definitive History of the Rhodesian Air Force 1920-1980.
    Salt,Beryl.
    Weltevredenpark:Covos Day Books,2001.
    pp.146-7 & 846

    Col.
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    Hello,
    Thank you very much for this report. We witness a few days ago for this loss unknown located Plélo (Northwestern) from St Brieuc. It is stated in the ORB shot down by flak SW of Etaples, it's Etables-sur-Mer.
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    Col,

    Would "A Pride of Eagles" happen to have a photograph of Thompson?

    I've been sent a group shot of POWs at Luft III with one chap purported to be him and would like to compare.

    Thanks,

    Dave

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    Hello Dave,

    From his PoW file, Thompson was at Dulag Luft from 16 to 30 January 1943
    Oflag XXIB Schubin from 2 February to 15 April 1943
    Stalag Luft 3 Sagan from 15 April 1943 to 27 January 1945
    Stalag 3A Luckenwalde from 4 February to 21 April 1945.

    Dan, he states he was captured near / at St Brieuc on 11 January 1943, so that should confirm your exact location. He wrote that he was interrogated 3 times by a civilian at St Brieuc airfield on the 12th, then at a Paris airfield on the 14th, then at Dulag Luft spent 14 days in cell.

    He tried to escape through a blitz tunnel, from East Camp, Stalag 3, in July 1943, but the tunnel was discovered. He also mentions the tunnel from block 68, at Sagan, in March 1944 [the great escape] S/L A.C. JOHNSTONE, tunnel discovered during search. No more detail than this.

    HTH

    Joss

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    Hi Dave,

    Good news. There are at least two shots of Thompson that would be useful for ID purposes:

    Between pp.116-117; Group portrait, 'B' Flight. No.266 Sqn (includes 'Tommy' Thompson).

    Between pp.148-149; Group portrait, No.266 Sqn, 1942 (includes 'Jimmy' Thompson).

    There are several other photographs of No.266 Sqn members, most not fully identified.

    Bad news. No scanner.

    Hopefully, someone else can help.

    Col.

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    Many thanks for the gen on his POW camps, Joss. For some reason he doesn't show up on my list of all RAF and Dominion personnel at Luckenwalde 21 April, 1945. I know several dozen disobeyed the SBO's "stay put" order.

    Col, no need for me to see the photos in the book. I'd be grateful if you had a gander. Far right:

    http://s851.beta.photobucket.com/user/ludford_magna/media/outsidewalk03.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

    Thanks,

    Dave

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    Dave,

    Taken a peek at the photo. If it is not James Thompson, it is someone that looks remarkably like him.

    l think your on pretty safe turf identifying your man as Thompson.

    A Pride of Eagles also mentions the following on p.270:

    For some prisoners of war the return was almost too sudden, for others it was painfully slow. Squadron Leader Tony Johnston DFC, Flight Lieutenant David Cowland-Cooper, Flight Lieutenant Bert Bryson, Flight Lieutenant James Thompson and Flying Officer Dennis Booth who had all been imprisoned at Luckenwalde had this story to tell....

    The account is a lengthy, unattributed, extract from the Rhodesia Herald of June 6, 1945. It mentions the arrival of the Russians at the camp, and the inmates later return to Allied lines. (No names mentioned in the article itself). Bit too long to transcribe.

    Col.
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    Default James Clack (Tommy) Thompson

    Hi all,
    Thank you for your answers. A month ago we found the daughter of James Clack (Tommy) Thompson. We have three pictures of him on our website, it is easier to identify now.
    http://www.absa3945.com/Pertes%20Bretagne/Cotes%20Armor/11%20janvier%201943/typhoon_r8802.htm
    Cordialement,
    Regards,
    Mit freundlichem Gruß,

    Dan

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    Hi Col,

    My thanks. Having now seen the three photos in Dan's article I see what you mean.

    Dan, it is interesting to read in your article that Thompson was liberated from Stalag Luft 1, Barth. Joss and Col both offer information that he was at Stalag IIIA, Luckenwalde. And yet, Thompson does not appear on my list of men liberated from Luckenwalde, but Cowland-Cooper, Bryson and Booth do.

    Thanks again, gents.

    Dave

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