The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. J R Thompson
James Robert Thompson was born in Aston, Birmingham in 1917 and joined the RAFVR about June 1939 as an Airman u/t Aircrew.
Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and joined 236 Squadron in mid-August 1940, serving for the rest of the Battle.
He was killed on 10th March 1941 aged 24 as a Sergeant with 272 Squadron. Blenheim IV Z5752 XK*L took off from Aldergrove on a convoy escort but went out of sight of other aircraft in the flight when the weather became very bad. No trace of it was found.
P/O AAL van Wayenberghe and Sgt. DI McWatt were also lost. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Thompson on panel 53.
On this sortie Blenheim IV Z5733 XK*E also disappeared with Sgt. PGV Chanler, Sgt. HK Pass and Sgt. WA Newton.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner