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Donald Tunstall

Military

He flew on Earl Tunnell crew. He flew the first raid to Germany on 27 Jan 1943 with Col. Frank A. Armstrong.
Shot down 6 March 1943 in B-17F 42-5378, 306BG/367BS while serving as Tail Gunner. The aircraft had developed an oil leak in no. 3 engine over the channel, but oil pressure stayed steady so pilots continued mission toward the submarine pens at Lorient, France. According to Strong, Fighters attacked as this plane was was dropping back due to the earlier oil leak and the fact this group was in the low squadron. When engine 4 quit, bailout was ordered. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag 17. His B-17 was named 'Skylark'. He flew on Earl Tunnell crew.

POW, AM 1OLC, DFC,

Service

Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5378

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-50-BO 42-5378 was delivered at Tulsa 26-Nov-42; New Castle 11-Dec-42; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY- ] Thurleigh 1-Jan-43; Missing in Action on 6-Mar-43 on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. The aircraft came under heavy fighter...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 40

    6 March 1943
    German U-boats continue to attack convoys headed fro Great Britain in the North Atlantic with good success. Many of the U-boat packs operate from St. Nazaire, Lorient and Brest, France, so destroying harbour facilities at these locations remain a...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born South Carolina 28 September 1922
Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 6 March 1943 – 30 June 1945

Held at Stalag 17B, Braunau-Genikendorf (near Krems), Austria. Officially Returned to Military Control 30-Jun-45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 19:48:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Jul-2015. Added decoration and POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; Made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Edited Summary Biogtaphy wiht A/C model letter and unit association and crew position per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
24 June 2015 10:39:05 Lucy May Changes to media associations
Sources

Associated FRE 4404 from information in the image caption.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; Roll of Honor Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 89, First Over Germany by Russell Strong pp. 65 & 73-4, Combat Crews pg. 4 & 144, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://www.306bg.org/crewphotos/Crew%20Pictures%20Adam-Rector/Crew%20Pic...

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