Desmond Walter THOMPSON


THOMPSON, Desmond Walter

Service Number: 69204
Enlisted: 19 August 1942, RDIU (Melbourne Detachment)
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: RAAF Telecommunications and Communications Units
Born: Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia, 4 August 1924
Home Town: Dee Why, Warringah, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Ground Accident), Frankston, Victoria, Australia, Frankston, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 4 December 1945, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
2.S.A.11, Springvale War Cemetery, Springvale, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Adelaide River War Cemetery, Adelaide River, Northern Territory, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN 69204
19 Aug 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, RAAF Telecommunications and Communications Units, RDIU (Melbourne Detachment)
19 Aug 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 69204

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Desmond Patrick and Edna May Thompson of St. Peter's, NSW


LAC Thompson was killed and LAC Morgan 139018 was injured when the 3-ton RAAF truck in which they were travelling failed to take a turn at Baxter's Hill four miles from Frankston, Victoria on the Frankston-Hastings road.

After leaving the road the truck careered for some distance over a paddock mowing down several trees from six inches to a foot thick until it struck a larger one and over-turned.

Both men were from Number 1 Radio Development & Installation Unit at Somers military camp in Victoria