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Acting Flight Lieutenant R.G.K. Thompson MC

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Military Cross - Chindits Awards




Royal Air Force attached No. 3 Column, 77th Indian Infantry Brigade Group

Date of

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Flight Lieutenant Robert Grainger Ker Thompson

Action for which recommended -

Operations in Burma - March 1943

Flt.Lt. Thompson accompanied No.3 Column in command of the R.A.F. Section.

Throughout operations he controlled supply dropping and liaison with the R.A.F. In addition to his duties as O.C., R.A.F.Section, he took an active part in all engagements against the enemy. In particular during the attack on the Railway at NANKANG Station on 6th Mar he took command of a party of Gurkha Rifles, displaying marked courage and initiative in the face of the enemy.

In the series of engagement with the enemy which followed the attack on the Railway, Flt.Lt. THOMPSON was always to the fore with his tommy gun, and his steadiness and indifference to his personal safety had a marked effect on all ranks in the Column.

Not only did Flt.Lt. THOMPSON invariably give this example of personal courage, but he was, in addition, of the greatest value to his Column Commander, owing to his detailed and thorough knowledge of the Japanese and their methods. Were he not specially qualified as a R.A.F. officer, he possesses all the qualifications required for a successful Column or Group Commander.

Recommended By

Brigadier O.C.Wingate, DSO
Commander 77th Indian Infantry Brigade Group

Honour or Reward

Military Cross

Signed By

O.C.Wingate Brig.
Comdr. 77 Ind. Inf. Bde.

General Auchinleck
Commander-in-Chief in India

(London Gazette 10.8.43)