|Pilot 1st Lt Earl C. Thompson, O-024066 (MIA / KIA) CA
MIA January 25, 1944
Built by Chance-Vought. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1A Corsair bureau number 18025.
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to squadron VMF-422. During January 1944, boarded USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68). On January 24, 1944 flown to Tarawa Airfield (Hawkins Field) prior to the invasion of the Marshall Islands.
On January 25, 1944 took off from Tarawa Airfield (Hawkins Field) on a ferry flight to Funafuti Airfield. During the flight, met a tropical storm and caused a total of twenty-two to ditch or went missing in action.
Officially declared dead on January 26, 1945. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl).
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February 4, 2018