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Case File: Gertrude Vreeland Tompkins Silver - 1453DFCA

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Gertrude Vreeland Tompkins Silver

Gertrude Vreeland Tompkins Silver

  • Case Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Missing Since: October 26, 1944
  • Location Last Seen: Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

  • Date of Birth: Circa 1912
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 32 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Height at Time of Disappearance: Unknown
  • Weight at Time of Disappearance: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Alias(s) / Nickname(s): Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
  • Dentals: Unknown
  • Fingerprints: Unknown
  • DNA: Unknown
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Unknown
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Circumstances of Disappearance

    Gertrude Vreeland Tompkins Silver was one of 1,074 Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPS) in World War II and the only WASP who disappeared without a trace. She had over 850 hours of flying time, 46 hours of those were in the P-51, and 17 of those were in the D model she was flying at the time of her disappearance.

    She was a bride of just one month when her warplane disappeared after takeoff from what is now Los Angeles International Airport. Because of a misplaced flight plan, Gertrude and her plane, the new P-51D Mustang, weren't even missed for three days. A search, including the scanning of Santa Monica Bay by military boat with new husband Henry Silver on board, failed to turn up any trace of the young pilot or the newly built single-seat pursuit plane she was to fly across the country for shipment overseas.

    Years have passed without any trace of the plane's wreckage in the deserts or mountains along the route to Tucson, the first leg of her assigned journey.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: N/A
  • Agency Contact Person:Pat Macha or Ken Whittall-Scherfee
  • Agency Phone Number: 714-846-9213 or 916-446-0955

  • Agency Case Number: N/A
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: Not listed
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • Missing in Service
  • Ongoing Search For Mrs. Gertrude Tompkins Silver

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    Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 9/28/15 By: DD / Cases Coordinator

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