Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator (Air))THOMPSON, GEORGE

Service Number 1370700

Died 23/01/1945

Aged 24

9 Sqdn.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

V C

Son of James and Jessie Thompson, of Glencraig, Fife.

Inscription

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS

Citation

The London Gazette of 16th February 1945 gives the following details

Flight Sergeant Thompson was the wireless operator in an aircraft which attacked the Dortmund-Ems Canal by daylight on 1st January, 1945. Just after releasing its bombs, the aircraft was hit by a heavy shell which set it on fire and caused extensive damage. Flight Sergeant Thompson without hesitation went through the fire and exploding ammunition and rescued the gunners from the mid-upper and rear gun-turrets, both of whom were unconscious. With his bare hands he extinguished their burning clothing. He then with great difficulty made his way back through the burning fuselage to report to the captain of the aircraft. He might have devoted his efforts to quelling the fire, but preferred to go through it to save his comrades, hazarding his life. Three weeks later he died of his injuries. One of the gunners he rescued survived; he owes his life to the gallantry of Flight Sergeant Thompson, whose courage and self-sacrifice will ever be an inspiration to the Service.

Buried at BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY

Location: Brussels - Capital Region, Belgium
Number of casualties: 670

Cemetery/memorial reference: X. 27. 45.

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