William Boyce and Mary Neal Overcash Thompson papers
Scope and Contents
Letters written to and from Lt. W. B. "Tommy" Thompson wtih a small amount of other materials from the WWII era. Correspondence to and from Airman William Boyce Thompson and Mary Neal Overcash and some friends and family. There are some postcards and other souvenir items. Includes a small amount of war-time ration material, and some financial receipts and insurance policies. Some obituaries for Overcash family included.
- 1942 - 1945
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Collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
Lt. William Boyce Thompson was born September 19, 1920 in Hendersonville, N.C. He went to Brevard College and worked at American Hardware & Equipment Co. When America entered the war, he was in the US Army Air Corps, enlisted in 1943. He served in the Hell Hawk Grp. 9th Air Force 365th Fighter Group as a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot. He was killed in action on April 20, 1945 at the young age of 24 over Germany. Thompson had completed around 95 combat missions and shot down at least 2 German aircrafts and damaged another on the same mission. His death came in action after bombing an enemy ammunition depot. His plane was damaged and he was forced to parachute over friendly territoy, however, his parachute failed and he died from the fall. He was buried in an American cemetery. Thompson was awarded the Air medal, at least 14 Oak Leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Wins, and Silver Star. He was married to Mary Neal Overcash Thompson. After Thompson's death, Mary would later marry Joseph R. Sparling Jr.
.25 Linear Feet
Thompson was a decorated pilot in WWII, shot down and buried in Europe. His wife, Mary Neal Overcash, later married again to Joseph R. Sparling Jr. This small collection includes correspondence, financial papers, biographical material about Thompson, rationing supplies, and papers about the Overcash family.
The collection is arranged into a single folder title series.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Tony L. Crumbley, 2016-11-15
The collection was processed by Julie Henry in 2017.
- William Boyce and Mary Neal Overcash Thompson papers
- J. Henry, inventory
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