THOMPSON, WILLIAM JOSEPH
Name: William Joseph Thompson
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O4
Unit:
Date of Birth: 13 December 1930
Home City of Record: KANSAS CITY KS
Date of Loss: 16 January 1968
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 0 0
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: C1A
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident: 7 rescued
Refno:
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.  2015
REMARKS: Air craft overboard, 7 rescued, not Thompson.
CACCF/CRASH/PILOT/12 YRS UNITED STATES NAVY
No further information available at this time.
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Library of Congress files:
ARMED SERVICES GRAVES REGISTRATION OFFICE (ASGRO)/ FINDINGS OF
NONRECOVERABILITY OF REMAINS IN THE CASE OF THOMPSON, WILLIAM JOSEPH, LCDR
(USN)
Name: WILLIAM J. THOMPSON
Subjects: Remains
Reel: 154
Page: 15
Type of Document: Miscellaneous
Date of Report: 74 07 19
Date of Information: 00 00 00
Originator: USA
Category: Casualty files

PERSONNEL CASUALTY REPORT/ PILOT OF CIA AIRCRAFT ON OPERATIONAL FLIGHT
Name: WILLIAM J. THOMPSON
Subjects: Aircraft downed; Killed
Comments: OVER WATER
Reel: 154
Page: 3
Type of Document: Miscellaneous
Date of Report: 68 01 24
Date of Information: 68 01 16
Originator: USS KITTY HAWK
Category: Casualty files
 
 
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 01:41:13 +0000
From: William M. Killian
To: info@pownetwork.org <info@pownetwork.org>

 
Below is info regarding the losses of LT Orville D. Cooley, LCDR William J. Thompson, A03 William H. Reedy Jr.:
 

On January 16, 1968, LT Orville D. Cooley, a 9 year Navy veteran from Seward, Nebraska, was the pilot of a U.S. Navy Grumman C-1A Trader that crashed upon launch from the USS KITTY HAWK (CVA-63). Due to previous rainfall which made the deck wet, upon break release, the aircraft drifted to the starboard, veering sharply to the port and striking the Fresnel lens installation as it continued over the port side, crashing into the sea. The aircraft was a carrying visiting U.S. Senators to shore when the crash occurred. The senators were among the seven survivors but unfortunately LT Cooley was not among those who survived. His remains were not found. Also lost in this incident were co-pilot LCDR William J. Thompson and passenger A03 William H. Reedy Jr. Their bodies were also not recovered. The catapult and arresting gear officer who frequently flew on the C-1A (call name Pawtucket 69) stated that LT Cooley had not slept for two days before his accident and should not have been assigned to fly the morning of the 16th. LT Cooley was 30 years-old at the time of his death. He was the loving father of Wallace and Molly Cooley who were 2 years-old and 6 months old at the time, as well as a caring husband to his widowed wife, Elizabeth. [Taken from togetherweserved.com]

 

Regards,

 

William M. Killian

Social Studies Department Co-Chair