SSGT Donald Harlan Harrington

SSGT Donald Harlan Harrington

Delaware, USA
Death 4 Apr 1944 (aged 22–23)
Bucharest, Bucuresti Municipality, Romania
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot SECTION I, SITE 219-220
Memorial ID 3300170 · View Source
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Donald, who resided in St. George's, Delaware served as a Staff Sergeant & Tail Gunner on B-24H "Miasis Dragon" (#42-52172), 715th Bomber Squadron, 449th Bomber Group, Fifteenth Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

He enlisted in the Army on January 2, 1942 in Wilmington, Delaware. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as having previously been a member of the Delaware National Guard and also as Single, without dependents.

Donald was "Killed In Action" when his B-24 has hit by enemy planes during a bombing mission over Bucharest, Romania and crashed during the War.

He had served in the Air Corps for three years and three months at time of his death. He was decorated with a Purple Heart.

Service # 20257433

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldiers & sailors were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

Son of Harry A. Harrington and Pearl Cooper Harrington.

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Airmen who perished on B-24 (#42-52172):

Harrington, Donald H ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, DE
Lewis, Ballard C ~ S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, FL
McCollough, Fred ~ T/Sgt, Nose Gunner, FL
Merritt, Charles E ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, TN
Norris, Harold W ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, NJ
Parker, George I ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, TN
Patros, Wilson C ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, WI
Sweeney, Eldon W ~ S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, CA
Tyler, Everett F ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, NY
Weisbrod, Joseph C ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, NY

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
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