Capt Donald F Marvin

Capt Donald F Marvin

Birth
Ohio, USA
Death 28 Jul 1945 (aged 27)
Japan
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot P, 653
Memorial ID 3784183 · View Source
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Son of Mrs. Laura Walsh who resided in Geauga Lake, Ohio.

Donald served as a Captain & Relief Pilot on B-24J "Taloa" #44-40716, 866th Bomber Squadron, 494th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Cuyahoga County, Ohio prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 31, 1940, prior to the war, at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Machinist and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24J "Taloa" #44-40716 took off with other B-24's from Yontan Airfield on Okinawa on a bombing mission to strike the Japanese Battleship Haruna docked in the Kure Harbor in Hiroshima Bay, Japan. Kure Habor was known by the Japanese as the Imperial Navy's Harbor.

Their bombing mission was successful and the Haruna was sunk in the harbor. B-24J #44-40716 was, however, hit multiple times by ground anti-aircraft flak and ended up crashing just north of Kure Harbor. Eyewitness saw at least two parachutes leaving the B-24 before it crashed.

Five of the crew members survived the crash and became POW's. They were Captain Marvin, 1st Lt. Flanagan, 2nd Lt. Johnson, S/Sgt Baumgartner and S/Sgt Molnar.

2nd Lt. Johnson was taken to the Tokyo POW Camp and survived the war. He was the only member of the crew that survived the war.

Captain Marvin and 1st Lt. Flanagan both died on the day of the crash possibly from wounds received in the crash.

S/Sgt's Baumgartner & Molnar were taken to the Chugoku Military Police Headquarters Kempi Tai in Hiroshima. They both died on August 6, 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

Captain Donald F. Marvin "Died Of Wounds" in the above noted crash during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in the Jokohoma Cemetery No. 1, Japan and was later repatriated here on December 8, 1949.

Service # O-690169

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Airmen who perished from B-24J # 44-40716:

Allison, Charles R ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, IL
Baumgartner, Charles O ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, OH
Bushfield, David A ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, NY
Dubinsky, Joseph ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, PA
Falls, Lawrence A, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, DC
Flanagin, Rudolph C ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, TX
Kirkpatrick, Camillous F ~ S/Sgt, Nose Gunner, MS
Marvin, Donald F ~ Capt, Relief Pilot, OH
Molnar, Julius ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, MI
Piskor, Walter ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, CT

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Survivor from B-24J # 44-40716:

Johnson, Robert C ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, KS

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Note: B-24J "Lonesome Lady" #44-40680 also crashed during this bombing mission. For more on that crew see:

Neal, Ralph J ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, KY

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 3784183
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Donald F Marvin (9 Sep 1917–28 Jul 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 3784183, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .