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G. A. 'Tommy' Thompson

Thompson reached the rank of major in the Royal Flying Corps in World War I; he joined Laurentide Air Service in 1920 and moved on to the Ontario Provincial Air Service in 1924, acting as superintendent of the easter district, operating out of Sudbury. Thompson was flying an H-boat out of Sudbury in 1924 when his observer, Monty Baker, transmitted the first air to ground message reporting a forest fire. He left the Service to start his own operation, Patricia Airways, in association with Doc Oaks, and later flew with Western Canada Airways. He was a member of the 1929 MacAlpine Expedition which was stranded for two months on the coast of Queen Maud Gulf during a planned 20,000 mile survey flight along the Arctic Coast.

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