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Donald B McIntyre


Donald B. McIntyre, S/Sgt., B-17G Spot Jammer / Waist Gunner, 8th AF, 398th BG, 306th
BS, (The Spot Jammer jammed enemy radar from aboard the B-17 and sat near the radio operator.)
See his presentation on You Tube regarding Missions over Germany and to Pilsen, Cz. (Sep.-Oct. 2001) and his 8th AFHS-MN webpage at

On April 10, 2006 Vince Parker also recorded an extended conversation with Don about his time in service, which is available as an Audio CD and Mp3 file.

Donald B. McIntyre b. July 12, 1925-d. April 29, 2007 Age 81.
During WWII, Don was stationed at Nuthamstead, England flying on B-17 aircraft first as a waist gunner and then in the position of Spot Jammer. Spot Jammers were few and operated specialized equipment installed in certain aircraft within each squadron. Their task was to search for and jam enemy radar to try and protect the group from ground attack. The jammer would usually remain with the same plane, not necessarily the same crew.
Don completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Stout University and worked at the U of Mn eventually becoming Managing Research Engineer in the Research Shop for the Physics and Astronomy Departments where he worked for over 34 years. In the late 1970s he started his own business for a medical implant device he designed and manufactured with American Medical Systems.
Don was also an avid supporter of the 8th AF, dedicating time and financial support to local air museums, air shows, annual reunions, and plane operation/restoration whenever possible. His camaraderie, sense of humor, dedication, and true friendship is greatly missed by many.

17 Combat missions



Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 601st Bomb Squadron


Event Location Date
Born St Paul, Minnesota 12 July 1925


Date Contributor Update
29 December 2014 19:57:14 call0031 Changes to biography

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:25 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia