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Maj. Donald C. Haldeman Veteran

Birth
Oregon, USA
Death
29 May 1944 (aged 26–27)
Austria
Burial
Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France Add to Map
Plot
Section K ~ Row 49 ~ Grave 18
Memorial ID
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Donald served as a Major and Pilot on B-24H # 42-52677, 827th Bomber Squadron, 484th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Los Angeles County, California prior to the war.

B-24H # 42-52677 took off, with a crew of 10, from Torretta, Italy on a bombing mission over Wiener Neustadt, Austria. During "Bombs Away" the formation they were a part off was attacked by German Fighter aircraft. B-24H # 42-52677 was apparently hit as witnesses noted that their bomb bay was on fire. Five parachutes were seen leaving the plane before it exploded in mid-air.

Donald was first declared "Missing In Action" and his status was changed to "Killed In Action" when his remains were recovered.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # O-396451

Husband of Marjorie L. Haldeman who resided in Long Beach, California.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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Airmen who perished on B-24H # 42-52677:

Arellanes, David B. ~ Sgt, Lower Gunner, CA
Deak, Andrew J. ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, PA
Gervasio, Donato ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, CT
Haldeman, Donald C. ~ Maj, Pilot, CA
Hickey, Raymond W. ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, MA
Marchi, Albert ~ S/Sgt, Upper Gunner, CA
Shell, Willard B. ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, UT

( Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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Donald served as a Major and Pilot on B-24H # 42-52677, 827th Bomber Squadron, 484th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Los Angeles County, California prior to the war.

B-24H # 42-52677 took off, with a crew of 10, from Torretta, Italy on a bombing mission over Wiener Neustadt, Austria. During "Bombs Away" the formation they were a part off was attacked by German Fighter aircraft. B-24H # 42-52677 was apparently hit as witnesses noted that their bomb bay was on fire. Five parachutes were seen leaving the plane before it exploded in mid-air.

Donald was first declared "Missing In Action" and his status was changed to "Killed In Action" when his remains were recovered.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # O-396451

Husband of Marjorie L. Haldeman who resided in Long Beach, California.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Airmen who perished on B-24H # 42-52677:

Arellanes, David B. ~ Sgt, Lower Gunner, CA
Deak, Andrew J. ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, PA
Gervasio, Donato ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, CT
Haldeman, Donald C. ~ Maj, Pilot, CA
Hickey, Raymond W. ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, MA
Marchi, Albert ~ S/Sgt, Upper Gunner, CA
Shell, Willard B. ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, UT

( Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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Inscription

MAJ 827 BOMB SQ 484 BOMB GP (H)



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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: Aug 8, 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID:
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56655836/donald_c-haldeman: accessed ), memorial page for Maj. Donald C. Haldeman (1917–29 May 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56655836, citing Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France; Burial Details Unknown; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736).