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First Lieutenant Thompson enlisted in the Army Air Corps (Air Force) in 1943 and served until 1946. He was working at Cessna in Wichita when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He was sent to Alabama for navigator triaining. He was assigned to a six man flight crew in Louisiana and received basis and advanced flight training befor being shipped to the Pacific, by way of Hawaii. He flew bombing missions from baes in the Philippines and New Guinea until Japan's surrender in September 1945. He served as part of the occupation forces in Tokyo, Japan until his descharge in 1946. He was born in Falls City, Nebraska, and graduated from high school there. It is not clear when he moved to Kansas. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Nov 26, 2006. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the nine community institutions that received these grants. The transcript from the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

Creator: Thompson, James
Date: 26 November 2006

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Item Number: 212224
Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 212224

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