McDonald, Donald T

Individual Personnel Data
Name McDonald, Donald T   
Rank Sergeant / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 37682134   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #155 dated 2 August 1944
Duty Flexible Gunner
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date 11 April 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #194 dated 1 October 1944.




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Blankenmeyer, William JPilotCT
2nd Lt. Fisher, Robert JeremyCo-pilotCT
Flt. Ofcr. Obermeyer, Robert HNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Kowalski, Theodore (NMI)BombardierWIA
S/SGT. Fictum, Blair EugeneRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. DeMesquita, Seymour AronEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Work, Robert ElijahBall Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Hoyman, Robert HTail GunnerTBD
SGT. Flaherty, Francis GFlexible GunnerTR
SGT. McDonald, Donald TFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 36 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
182 18 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Vise, Belgium
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38213 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
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183 24 August 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, high group.
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184 25 August 1944 Target: Airfield & Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Anklam, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38213 Combat Mission Credit
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186 30 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Tail Gunner 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Gee-H ship. Low Squadron lead.
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187 3 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
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188 5 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Returned with #4 feathered.
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189 8 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6141 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back due to #1 supercharger failure.
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190 9 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97320 Combat Mission Credit
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191 10 September 1944 Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron. Returned with #4 feathered.
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194 13 September 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
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196 19 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑37703 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron. Landed away at Woodbridge, reason unknown.
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197 21 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mainz, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
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198 25 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
C Wing, lead group.
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199 26 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
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200 27 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (PFF Aiming Points)
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
Landed with wounded aboard.
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201 28 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Left formation after target for unknown reasons, but returned to base.
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204 3 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
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208 9 October 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy. Hot camera ship.
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209 11 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
Third Squadron deputy. Gee-H ship.
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211 15 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy. Hot camera ship.
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215 25 October 1944 Target: Nordstern Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑98027 Combat Mission Credit
Fourth Squadron lead. PFF ship. Deputy's Gee-H failed during assembly, so the Squadron lead conducted a PFF attack on the secondary target.
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220 5 November 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead.
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223 9 November 1944 Target: Ground Installations
Type: Military
Location: Ouvrages de Sorbey (Metz), France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Deputy division lead. Gee-H ship. Led group on bomb run.
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226 16 November 1944 Target: Tactical - Artillery Positions
Type: Military
Location: Eschweiler, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship; low Squadron lead, 41st Bomb Wing A group. Landed away at Stratford, due to weather.
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237 9 December 1944 Target: Airfield and Daimler Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Böblingen (Stuttgart area), Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship.
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243 24 December 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Kirch Göns, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38262 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group Deputy. Gee-H ship.
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245 28 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brühl, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97986 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead. PFF ship.
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249 2 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gerolstein, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑98027 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. Led formation on two bomb runs.
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250 3 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point & Transportation Hub
Type: Military
Location: St Vith, Belgium
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38850 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
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252 7 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97986 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead. PFF ship.
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256 17 January 1945 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
Division lead. PFF & Gee-H ship. PFF started acting up during assembly, so the air commander ordered the low Squadron lead (PFF-equipped) to move up and fly as his deputy. At the IP, the Gee-H equipment was unusable, so lead was turned over to the deputy.
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257 20 January 1945 Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38062 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron hot camera ship. Landed away at RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire.
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260 23 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38501 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Ridgewell Airfield, AAF Station 167.
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261 28 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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266 14 February 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Dresden, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8665 Combat Mission Credit
Returned early from mission after taking off.
High Squadron lead; PFF ship. Returned early after entering enemy airspace, because right waist and bombardier's oxygen regulators 'blew up'. Attacked a target of opportunity, a factory, in Nordhorn, Germany.
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267 15 February 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bohlen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38801 Lead Squadron hot camera ship. Did not take off because bad weather halted flight operations.
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273 24 February 1945 Target: Submarine Construction Shipyard
Type: Shipyards
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Flexible (Waist) Gunner 44‑8580 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead; PFF ship.
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274 25 February 1945 Target: Tank & Submarine Engine Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8211 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead; PFF and Gee-H ship.
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