He graduated from the University of Arkansas and married Mary Mellissa Brower.
Morton was the navigator on B-24L #44-49710, assigned to the 15th Air Force, 464th Bombardment Group, 779th Bombardment Squadron. The plane was named 'Stevenovich II', after the pilot's son. The aircraft was also known as 'Black Nan'.
They were flying from Pantanella Air Base on a bombing mission against Lugo Italy to support ground forces of the the British 8th Army. Right after releasing the bombs the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire on the left wing which caught fire and broke apart. The plane turned over and started tumbling. The radar operator, 1st Lieutnant Edward F. Walsh, was thrown clear and was able to parachute to the ground where he was taken prisoner. The other ten men aboard were killed.
Those killed were:
Lieutnant Colonel James Gilson, pilot.
Captain Charles Foote IV, co-pilot.
1st Lieutnant Robert O'Leary, navigator.
Captain Lacey Morton, navigator.
Captain George Wall, bombardier.
Sergent Jerrold Ruben, engineer/gunner
Sergent Charles Montegut jr, radio/gunner.
Sergent Robert Rogers, gunner.
Sergent Norman Cope, tail gunner.
Sergent Melvin Thomason, gunner.
Morton received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.
Entered the service from Arkansas.
Mary Brower Masterson
1920–1977 (m. 1943)
David Alexander Morton
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