POW. German Hospital, Paris (12/02/43). Frankfurt Hospital (05/43). Bad Soden Hospital (11/43). Canadian Army Hospital, Watford (16/09/44).
|Date of Injury:
|D.O.B/Age when admitted:
|Cause of Incident:
Enemy Action. Shot down in a Lancaster over the French Alps on return from ops over Italy.
|Transferred to QVH:
Burns to face, neck and leg.
|No. of Operations at East Grinstead:
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|Age at Death:
Thompson joined the RCAF in 1941 and trained as a pilot.
On return from a bombing mission in Italy, two of his engines were knocked out and he crashed into the French Alps. Thompson was thrown from the wreckage, and was badly burned when the plane exploded as he attempted to rescue a crewmember.
Thompson spent 20 months in a POW camp before being repatriated. He spent 16 months at QVH, mostly under the care of Ross Tilley.