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Staff Sgt. William A. Thompson - MIA

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County: Grand Forks
World War II - MIA
Date of Disappearance: April 13, 1943 / Age: 23
Branch of Service: Air Force
Company/Division: 342nd Bomber Squadron, 97th Bomber Group, Heavy

Died while in MIA status. On April 13, 1943, over Trapani, Sicily, a B-17F was seen losing altitude. The ship was last seen immediately off the target in the sea. Six to seven members of crew were seen in dinghy or swimming towards it. Air-Sea Rescue was notified but no personnel were picked up.

Memorialized at North Africa American Cemetery. Received Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart awards.