Donaldson B. Hurd, age 84 died Monday, January 14, 2002 at his home in Jensen Beach, FL. Don graduated from Purdue University in 1939 with a degree in chemistry and married Martha Parrett of Newport, IN, in 1942. (SEE BELOW FOR WW 2 Service) He was employed in the Phofo Products Division of E.I. DuPont DeNemours for 39 years. An avid traveler and boater, Don remained active in the Wilmington Power Squadron, teaching courses there even after his retirement. His great gift to his extended and loving family and numerous friends was rich enthusiasm for life, which he believed should be lived to the fullest and shared with others. Born in Crawfordsville, IN, in 1917, he was the son of Cloyd and Frances Eastlack Hurd. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Carol Frazee Swayne Hurd. He is survived by his third wife, Virginia Signaigo Laing Hurd; a brother, Richard C. Hurd and wife, Elizabeth of Jupiter, FL; a sister, Katherine Purdom of Salem, OR; and 12 children and step-children, Kenneth E. Hurd and wife, Pamela of Lincoln, MA, Joanne Hurd and husband, Christopher Roe of Gloucester, MA, Barbara Hurd of Frostburg, MD, Richard W. Swayne and wife Janet of Los Gatos, CA, Deborah Swayne of Summit, NJ, David Swayne of Seattle, WA, Elizabeth Swayne-Oram and husband Edward Oram of Mountain View, CA, Nancy Swayne and husband, Kirk Barnett of Redwood City, CA, Ellen Signaigo Brockman of Cambridge, MA, John Signaigo of Baltimore, MD, Therese Signaigo and husband, John McMahon of Somenille, MA, and Connie Jones of Irvine, CA. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren.
Donaldson B. Hurd was the Command Pilot of a B 24 Crew assigned to the 515th Bombardment Squadron, 376th Bombardment Group during World War 2. He was the lead pilot of the first bombing of Rome in July of 1943. Don also participated in the Ploesti Oil Raids on 1 Aug 1943. This daring low level bombing raid was intended to take out Hitlers Oil. Don earned the Silver Star for piloting the B 24 "Dopey Goldberg" through and dropping his bombs on target. On 16 Aug 1943, Don was piloting the B 24 "Teggie Ann" and was shot down by AA Guns after completing his bombing runs. He was a POW in STALAG LUFT 3 till the wars end. Don was a true American hero.
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