World War II Airman Will Be Laid To Rest After 70 Years


Almost 70 years after a World War II airman crashed in a Papua New Guinea jungle, his family will bury him in a Pendleton cemetery.

Army Air Corps Staff Sgt. Ray Thompson, 25, and nine other men vanished from the sky in 1944. The B-24 crew took off on a bombing mission and never arrived at the target. The Army declared him dead two years later.

In 1973, 2002 and 2008, B-24 wreckage and remains of the 10 airmen were discovered at three different sites. DNA testing identified some of the bones as Thompson’s. Verla Tomlinson, the last of the six Thompson siblings, found out in November that she finally could bury her big brother.



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