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Joe Thompson Jr., England [circa 1943]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army Air Forces/Corps
Unit: 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 9th Air Force; 109th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
Service Location: England; Normandy, France; Belgium; Rhine Valley; Kassel, Germany; Central Germany
Rank: Major
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Flier Joe Thompson got to WWII England ahead of any U.S. planes, so for a time he flew with the Royal Air Force. As a reconnaissance pilot flying a P-51 Mustang, he helped locate enemy positions, while in his spare time he used a camera to record other sights of wartime. His ground-level photographs of England, liberated France, and parked airplanes standing ready to serve may be the work of an amateur, but they have the elegance and power of a professional. The Nashville Public Library, a Veterans History Project partner organization, holds nearly 600 of Thompson’s photographs and other materials related to his service.

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»Description of photos in narrative form
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