Donald served as a Second Lieutenant & Bombardier on B-17G "Miss Ana Bortion" #43-37941, 849th Bomber Squadron, 490th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.
He resided in California prior to the war.
Donald was "Killed In Action" in a mid-air collision with B-17 #43-38184 over France during the war. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
He was originally interred in France and was later repatriated here on June 6, 1949.
Service # O-766267
Airmen who perished on B-17G #43-37941:
Dresser, Francis H ~ Maj, Flight Commander, Kansas
Frey, Charles S ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, California
Gossett, Thomas H ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, South Carolina
Hall, Floyd G ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, Maryland
Hixson, George W ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, California
Hoeffler, Donald J ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, California
Pulver, Calvin C ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, Louisiana
Russell, Donald L ~ Sgt, Waist Gunner, Ohio
Schanhaar, Edward C ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, Minnesota
Shuman, Lowell ~ FO, Navigator, Pennsylvania
For airmen who perished on B-17 #43-38184 see:
Ripple, Joe W ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, Texas
( Bio & Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )
Special thanks to Frogman for finding info on this mid-air collision!
From Tim Cook: Killed aboard B-17G Flying Fortress #43-37941 (849th BS, 490th BG) when it collided with B-17 #43-38184 near Caen, France, during a mission to Gustavsburg.
2D LIEUT 849 AAF BOMB SQ
WORLD WAR II
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