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    Default F/Sgt Robert Cyril THOMPSON C.B.E.

    Hello everyone

    I'm looking for some information about the wartime R.A.F. career of this chap.

    The following infomration is from his obituray in The Times, March 1967: he was chairman of Joseph L Thompson and Sons, shipbuilders on the River Wear at Sunderland when the Second World War started, and his company's ship designs formed the basis of the Liberty Ships built in the U.S.A. He joined the R.A.F. as an Aircraftman 2nd Class, and then eventually became a Flight Sergeant, serving as a Flight Engineer with a Liberator squadron in Italy. He was awarded the C.B.E. in 1941.

    Can anyone provide anything further on his R.A.F. career? I found a Robert Cyril Thompson on the LG website, whose Service Nš was 198522.

    Many thanks

    Simon

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    Simon, Hi,

    Looks like the right fella!!

    Enlisted between Oct 42 and Sep 43 at either Padgate or Birmingham. Looks like he “forgot” to tell them that he had a CBE!! (I understand that the display of medals/awards at Square Bashing kit inspections can cause some ‘difficulties’!!!!)

    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission. As Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency): —
    Sgts (he might have been A/Flt Sgt?).
    2225853 Robert Cyril THOMPSON (198522). 31st May 1945.
    (Note no CBE post-nominal)

    TECHNICAL BRANCH.
    Transfer to reserve.
    Pilot Officer R. C. THOMPSON, C.B.E. (198522). 14th Feb. 1951.
    (He’s now ‘owned up’ to having a CBE - or they found out!!! But it must have taken some very hard work to remain a Plt Off for 6 years?!!)

    HTH

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    Many thanks Peter

    I did wonder how many AC2s had a CBE!

    I also found his Royal Aero Club Certificate on ancestry.co.uk, which he passed on 30th August 1946 at Marshalls Flying School in a DH.82. He was back running the family business then, and is listed as "Shipbuilder" under profession.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Shades of Lawrence of Arabia signing up in the ranks. Simon is certainly aware of this, but others who have read this thread may find the following interesting - http://ghgraham.org/robertthompson1907.html The man did receive the CBE in June for services in a civilian capacity.

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    Hello,

    For more on the sinking of the Western Prince, see:

    http://www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/ships/721.html

    Thompson is not mentioned in their current (09/11/2014), crew/passenger listing.

    Col.

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