Return to Headlines

Accidental Aviator Painting Gifted to WPHS

Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, Inc. has generously donated a captivating painting titled "Accidental Aviator" to the West Plains High School. This meaningful artwork, created by Lieutenant Stephen Thompson, a 1913 Zizzer alumnus, holds a special place in our history. It commemorates the unexpected journey of a Zizzer graduate who, through an unplanned flight during a French raid, became the first U.S. military member to down an enemy aircraft. This remarkable feat, though not officially recognized for many years, is a testament to the bravery and dedication of our alums. The painting will be proudly displayed in the school's halls as a vivid reminder of sacrifice and service to the nation and our community.


For a deeper dive into this fascinating story, read the detailed account in Rural Missouri magazine, available at this link.


We thank Howell Oregon Electric for this significant and inspiring contribution to the West Plains High School.


ait pat