From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Wendell Thompson '41

Date of birth: August 6, 1918

Date of death: January 18, 1960

Age: 41

Lucky Bag

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


Wendell was a passenger aboard Capital Airlines Flight 20, which crashed on January 18, 1960 while enroute from Washington, D.C. to Norfolk, Virginia.

He was stationed in London at the time. He was survived by his mother, wife, and two sons. His wife remarried a 1946 Naval Academy graduate.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Harold Goranson '40 was also lost in this crash. They were both the final names added to their respective class' panels in Memorial Hall.

Class of 1941

Wendell is one of 60 members of the Class of 1941 on Virtual Memorial Hall.