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1LT Don R MacLin

California, USA
Death 18 Jul 1944 (aged 23–24)
Burial Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France
Plot K Row 38 Grave 30
Memorial ID 56657886 · View Source
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Don served as a First Lieutenant & Pilot on B-17G #42-102862, 817th Bomber Squadron, 483rd Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in El Dorado County, California and was a member of the California National Guard prior to the war.

His National Guard unit was called into full time active Army service on March 3, 1941, prior to the war, from Camp Flint, Auburn, California. He was noted, at that time, as being employed in the manufacture of textiles and also as Single, without dependents.

B-17G #42-102862 took off from Sterparone, Italy on a bombing mission over Memmingen, Germany. Prior to "bombs away" they, along with 6 other B-17's, were attacked by an "overwhelming" number of German fighter aircraft.

B-17G #42-102862, along with other B-17's, were shot down and crashed near Memmingen during the war.

Don was "Killed In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded the "Distinguished Flying Cross", Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-751560

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Airmen who perished on B-17G #42-102862:

Barney, Alton S ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, MI
MacLin, Don R ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, CA
Monson, Donald D ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot
Pate, James L ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IL
Ricciardo, Joseph A ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, OH

Airman who survived from B-17G #42-102862:

Fulton, Roger L ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator ~ POW
Keeling, Travis G ~ T/Sgt, Engineer ~ EUS*
Kettler, Jack A ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, ~ POW
Moye, Edwin ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, ~ POW
Smith, William T ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, ~ POW

* = Evated Capture & returned to duty

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


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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Don R MacLin (1920–18 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56657886, citing Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .