|Pilot Gertrude V. "Tommy" Tompkins (MIA / KIA) Jersey City, NJ
MIA October 26, 1944
Tompkins was the only WASP Missing in Action from World War II.
She was married one month before her disappearance to Hollywood producer, Henry M. Silver.
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army.
On October 26, 1944 took off from Mines Field (Los Angeles Airport, LAX) at 3:42pm on a ferry flight to Coolidge Field, Arizona. A light haze of fog was reported over Santa Monica Bay at this time.
No search was initiated until several days after the crash. No trace was found of her plane in searches. As late as June 8, 1994, the HQ for Air Force Safety Agency conducted a search and reported that no wreckage has been located.
During October 2009, MAST "Gertrude Tompkins Expedition" searched for her aircraft. During their searches, they located a USAF T-33 jet trainer missing since October 15, 1955.
MAST "The Gertrude Tompkins Expedition"
LA Times "Mystery at Sea Tantalizes Searchers" October 11, 2009
NJ.com "Team search Santa Monica Bay for remains of N.J. World War II pilot who disappeared 65 years ago" October 11, 2009
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January 5, 2018