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1Lt Donald Eugene Blair
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Birth: Apr. 11, 1922
Kane
McKean County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct. 22, 1944, Myanmar (Burma)

Blair was the pilot of B-24J #44-40588, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 493rd Bombardment Squadron. They were part of a five plane formation that departed Pandaveswar India to bomb targets at Moulmein Burma. Five minutes after dropping their bombs the formation was jumped by eight to twelve Japanese fighters. On about the third or fourth pass the bomber's #2 engine caught fire. The pilot shut down the engine, the fire went out and they made a diving left turn into clouds. They were not seen again.

Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

He is also memorialized in McKean County Memorial Park in Lafayette Pennsylvania, alongside his parents.

Find a Grave memorials for the entire crew of B-24J #44-40588. 
 
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 Parents:
  Carl Almon Blair (1883 - 1965)
  Maude Shirley Rendt Blair (1887 - 1949)
 
 Sibling:
  Howard Woodward Blair (1918 - 1986)*
  Donald Eugene Blair (1922 - 1944)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Entered the service from Pennsylvania.
 
Burial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Manila
Metro Manila
National Capital, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
 
Maintained by: dfr
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56766773
1Lt Donald Eugene Blair
Added by: Joel Frampton Gilfert
 
1Lt Donald Eugene Blair
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Added by: Paul Hyde Schott
 
 
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- Judy Miller
 Added: Aug. 8, 2013

- Russ Pickett
 Added: Sep. 12, 2009
Donald served with the 493rd Bomber Squadron, 7th Bomber Group, Heavy during World War II. He was from Kane, PA and declared dead.
- Russ Pickett
 Added: Sep. 12, 2009
 
 
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