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Donald Charles Lawry


On 22 February, 1944, flying to Gotha, Germany, with Richard Ingram's crew, Donald's aircraft "Ginnie," B- 24 41-28615, was attacked by 8 FW190s. Badly damaged, the a/c was seen to fall into the North Sea off the coast of Rotterdam. It exploded upon striking the water; all crew were lost.



  • John Nortridge

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    "If you fly with me, I'm going to bring you home." And he did.

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Units served with

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 733rd Bomb Squadron


  • 41-28615 'Ginnie'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 733BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters and exploded upon striking the water near Steenbergen, Holland on a mission to Gotha 22-Feb-44 in B-24 41-28615 'Ginnie'. 10 x Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2895.

  • 42-52234 Corky Burgundy Bombers

    B-24 Liberator
    Manufactured at Ford's Willow Run plant. It carried a Sperry bombsight, rather than the Norden. It was delivered to the USAAF on 29 October 1943, then taken to the Birmingham, Alabama, Modification Center. It arrived at Hamilton Field, San Francisco,...

Associated Place

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...


Event Location Date
Born Oregon, WI USA 27 March 1924
Enlisted San Antonio, TX, USA 10 January 1943
Married March Air Reserve Base, CA, USA 22 November 1943

Dorothy Brunsell. Bill Eagleson was best man, and the service was performed by Lt Lester Liles, the 453rd Chaplain.

Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 22 February 1944
Died 22 February 1944

Donald died less than 5 weeks before his 20th birthday. He had been married for 3 months.

Memorialised Margraten, Netherlands

Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial
Eijsden-Margraten Municipality
Limburg, Netherlands


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An Emotional Gauntlet, Stuart J. Wright, Pen & Sword Books Ltd, © 2004
MACR 2895
Find A Grave Memorial# 56300903

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2895 / MACR 2895, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database