No.P/JX 383731, Ordinary Seaman, Donald Maurice THOMPSON
Aged 20

H.M.Landing Craft Infantry (Large) 99, Royal Navy
Lost at Sea on Monday, 14th August 1944

Born in 1924, (Mildenhall Q3-1924 4A:1561), second son of Walter and Cecilia Maud THOMPSON (née MORLEY), of Mildenhall.
His father later married Hilda Emma MORLEY (Donald's aunt).

In the 1939 register, at Kingsway, Mildenhall were his father Walter [5-11-1894] a farmer, step mother Hilda E [21-3-1905], brtoher Walter R [19-3-1923] a butcher's assistant; sister Peggy W [20-3-1927] later Mrs BULLED. There are 4 closed records.

The Landing Craft Infantry (L) 99 (246 tons)was built in USA and lend-leased to the Royal Navy. With a crew of 24 she could carry nearly 200 troops. They were designed for ocean going, sailing the Atlantic preparatory to the Normandy invasion, although described by some soldiers as "metal boxes designed by sadists, to carry soldiers across water".
En route from Barry to Falmouth on the 14th August 1944, convoy EBC-72 was attacked around 17:00 by U-Boat U-667 (Kapt/Lt Karl Heinz LANGE) some 11 miles SW of Hartland Point, Devon. One US Navy LST-921 was damaged and HMS LCI(99) was sunk with the loss of 9 of her crew.

No photo has been found of 99, this is a sister ship

photo;Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Donald Thompson is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, panel 84 col 1

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