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Henry Ellison Thompson collection

 Collection — Container: 14.0006 - Box 1
Identifier: 14.0006

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to Henry Ellison Thompson. This collection covers Thompson's time in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Flying Cadet and later his time serving at Wheeler Field Hawaii up until his death in October 1941 from an aircraft accident. This collection includes a scrapbook, photographs, military documents including the letter the chaplain sent Thompson's parents after his death, a copy of George Marshall's Victory Report, as well as a memorial binder assembled by the donor that includes the accident report.


  • 1940-1941
  • Other: Date accessioned: 2019-09-20
  • Other: Date acquired: 2014-02-11


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Henry Ellison Thompson was born November 3rd, 1917. On Febuary 12th, 1940 he Enlisted in the US Army at Montgomery Alabama and was appointed a Flying Cadet in Air Corps Class 40-F. He started primary flight training at the Spartan School of Aeronautics on February 14th, finishing on May 15th which is the day he then started his basic flight training at Randolph Field, Texas. He advanced to advanced flight training at Kelly Field, Texas on July 28th. On October 4th he graduated from the Air Corps Advanced Flying School at Kelly field, getting commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. On October 24th he was ordered to Hamilton Field, California where he was assigned to the 79th Pursuit Squadron, 20th Pursuit Group. On February 8th 1941 he volunteered for reassignment to Wheeler Field, being transferred on the USS Enterprise. He served at Wheeler Field with the 46th Pursuit Squadron, 18th Pursuit Group until October 31st, 1941 where he died in an accident. On November 6th a memorial service was held for him in the Wheeler Field Chapel.


.5 Linear Feet (One 1/2 Box)

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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Henry Ellison Thompson Collection
Cullen Bolkey
October 4, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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