2Lt Donald R Verhagen

2Lt Donald R Verhagen

Birth
Illinois, USA
Death 13 Jun 1943 (aged 21–22)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Memorial ID 56250987 · View Source
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Donald served as a Second Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-24D #41-11806, 345th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Elkhart County, Indiana prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on March 30, 1942 in La Fayette, Indiana. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as an Actor and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24D #41-11806 took off from Benina Base in Libya on a bombing mission to Calabria Airdrome, Italy. After successfully dropping their bombs they collided, for an unknown reason, with B-24D 41-23785 while returning from the mission. Both planes crashed into the Mediterranean sea.

Donald was declared "Missing In Action" in this collision during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # O-672505

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #41-11806:

Berry, Rex ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, AR
Brice, Winston R ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, CA
Cox, Don F ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, NC
Donaghy, Henry J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NH
Ivie, William A ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, CO
Loe, Martin W ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OR
Stone, William C ~ Capt, Pilot, MI
Thornburg, Paul D ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, IL
Verhagen, Donald R ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, IN

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For airmen who perished on B-24D #41-23785 see:

Phillips, Keith K ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MI

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

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Donald R Verhagen (1921–13 Jun 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56250987, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .