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SSgt Norman P Dohn

SSgt Norman P Dohn

North Dakota, USA
Death 15 May 1943 (aged 27)
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot section P site 364
Memorial ID 56128923 · View Source
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The eleven of thirteen children, Dohn was the son of William and Nellie Dohn, and was born in North Dakota. Before entering the service he worked in his father's butcher shop.

On May 1, 1943 Dohn was a waist gunner on B-24D #41-42513 serving with the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492nd Bombardment Squadron. They were part of an eight plane mission to bomb Japanese cargo ships in the harbor at Rangoon, Burma. Immediately after dropping their bombs they were attacked by enemy fighter planes, knocking out two engines and wounding four of the crew. Their plane fell out of formation and the fighters continued their attacks until the bomber was able to lose them in cloud cover.

Approximately an hour later they were finally unable to keep the plane in the air and crash landed in a rice paddy northwest of Bassein, Burma. Shortly before that, Dohn bailed out of the plane and broke his leg upon landing. He was taken prisoner by the Japanese and they executed him. The exact circumstances of his death are unknown.

He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Bismarck Tribune

Air Medal Given to Norman Dohn

Award of the air medal to S/Sgt. Norman P. Dohn, former of Bismarck man who has been missing in action since May 1, 1943, has been announced by the war department. The medal was given to his Mother, Mrs William Dohn of Burbank, Calif.,at a ceremony at Santa Ana, Calif., on Mother's Day, according to word received here.

The citation accompanying the medal states that it was awarded for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight over Burma, Thailand and the Andaman Islands as an aerial gunner in combat missions tallying more than 100 hours in heavy bombardment aircraft. "The devotion to duty exhibited and cooperation displayed has contributed much to the successes characterizing these operations."
S Sgt. Dohn is a brother to R J Dohn, Carl Dohn and William Dohn.

His parents, Mr and Mrs William Dohn are former Bismarck residents. They left here several years ago for California. They had 2 sons in the First World war and have three sons in this one.

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Gravesite Details Entered the service from California.




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