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Marsh Harbour Intl airport renamed after war veteran

Unread post by bimjim » Mon Jul 11, 2016

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Marsh Harbour international airport renamed after war veteran
Elcott Coleby
Jul 10, 2016

Prime Minister Christie fittingly memorialized yet another Bahamian hero during our 43rd independence celebrations as he made good on the promise of his government to find better ways to honour Bahamians who had done so much to develop this country.

Mr. Christie was in Marsh Harbour, Abaco on Thursday to rename the brand new airport the Leonard Thompson International Airport against the backdrop of the theme of our 43rd Independence: “Honouring the Excellence of our People.”

Captain Thompson was born in Hope Town, Abaco in 1917, schooled at the Government High School in Nassau and enlisted in the Canadian Air Force in 1939 during World War II. He flew 25 combat missions before he was shot down over Germany in 1944 after his aircraft was struck by two missiles, leaving him unconscious.

He was eventually captured by the Germans and was a prisoner of war for about 18 months until the war ended in April of 1945.

During his post war years Captain Thompson became a commercial pilot for some thirty years, travelling throughout The Bahamas and between Jamaica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Florida. He also became an entrepreneur and a politician, representing Abaco in Parliament from 1949 to 1967.

And so was the rich, full and purposeful life – in short, the excellence of another Bahamian hero, Captain Leonard M. Thompson, war hero, entrepreneur and public servant.

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