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Donald Charles Cole

Military

Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Captain Cole was credited with saving the town by flying the plane into an open field. The site is still a memorial to his bravery.

Service

People

  • James Bradley

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Joined 13 June 1942. Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Evaded. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 882. Released from active duty 23 December 1945. ...

  • Robert Finney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Robert Finney was a spare gunner on the Donald Cole crew when B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak' was shot down 5 January 1944 over Saintes, France. Evaded. Was back in England on 11 May 1944. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 628.

  • Richard Gatesman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2014. Discharged 22 October 1945.

  • Joseph Gross

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Downed by flak and fighters. Crashed near Royan, France. Evaded. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 919.

  • Harland Hendrix

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Clarence Norton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Evaded - Escape & Evasion Report E&E 882-883 (linked to E&E 882 for Bombardier Lt James M. Bradley.)

  • Thomas Scott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Evaded. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 918.

  • Harold Thorne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Prisoner of War (POW). Discharged 26 October 1945.

  • Harold Wiggins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-30665 Hunyak

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Boeing 7/7/43; Gore 17/7/43; Dallas 8/8/43; Palm Springs 9/8/43; Geiger 10/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-E] Snetterton 1/9/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 5/1/44 with Capt Donald Charles Cole (Killed in Action); Co-pilot:...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Born California, USA 24 April 1920

Whittier, California

Enlisted 22 November 1940

March Field, Riverside, California

Died 5 January 1944

in the loss of B-17 42-30665 over France

Buried Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial

Donald Cole rests at Plot C, Row 5, Grave 18

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2018 10:17:51 ED-BB Changes to service number
Sources

Added ASN at enlistment

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2018 10:17:07 ED-BB Changes to middlename, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2014
NARA WWII Enlistment Records
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2017 16:27:45 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.abmc.gov/node/546656#.WIeAGk1viM8

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2014 / MACR 2014, 8th AF Losses; Snetterton Falcons pg 97 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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