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1LT Donald J Fetters

1LT Donald J Fetters

Birth
Death 5 Nov 1944 (aged 29)
Germany
Burial Maxwell, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA
Plot SECTION C, SITE 1285
Military First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Force
Memorial ID 645767 · View Source
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Donald served as a First Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-17G #43-38359, 861st Bomber Squadron, 493rd Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in California prior to the war.

B-17G #43-38359 was hit by flak and burst into flames over their target, an oil refinery in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Five of the crewmen were able to parachute out.

Donald was "Killed In Action" in this crash during the war. He was on his 24th bombing mission.

Donald was awarded the "Distinguished Flying Cross", Air Medal, and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on August 23, 1950.

Service # O-702202

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldier's were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Airmen who perished on B-17G #43-38359:

Fetters, Donald J ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, CA
Guzik, John ~ Capt, Observer, OH
Johnson, Earl H ~ Capt, Pilot, KS
Lewis, John L, Jr ~ T/Sgt, Photographer, PA
Marsh, Warren B ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, CO
McCombs, John D ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, IL

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TSGT Louis F Koch, shown on this headstone, was killed in action on B-24 #41-28778 which crashed in the same vicinity appx. 4 months earlier:

Koch, Louis F ~ T/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, PA

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

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1LT, US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 645767
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Donald J Fetters (10 Oct 1915–5 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 645767, citing Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .