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SSGT Donald Erwin Boettcher

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SSGT Donald Erwin Boettcher

Birth
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA
Death 4 Jan 1948 (aged 23)
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA
Burial Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
Plot C - 1516
Memorial ID 38231175 View Source
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Donald attended Davenport Central High School and participated in track, football and wrestling. He was a "ball turret" gunner on B-24. He was assigned to the15th AAF and was stationed in Italy.

He was injured when one of his flights crashed on take-off. His condition required constant medication but still completed his missions. He was in and out of hospitals in Europe as his condition became worse. He returned to Iowa, but at age 23 succumbed to complications from those injuries.

He completed 52 missions. He was credited with 2 confirmed kills and 2 probable. His awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, 7 Bronze Battle Stars and the Presidential Unit Citation.


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Iowa, Staff Sgt, Air Corps, World War II


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