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Donald E Jester

Military

Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23784 [NB:R] 'Miss Dianne', 44BG/67BS while serving as Radio Operator. The aircraft was attacked and shot down by German fighters near Villers-Ecalles, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. Killed in Action (KIA). Stone monument with crew names installed at Villers-Ecalies in 1997

Service

Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23784 Miss Dianne

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D-5-CO 41-23784 [NB:R] "Miss Dianne" was assigned to the 44BG/47BS. On 8-Mar-1943 the aircraft was despatched on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. The aircraft sustained significant damage from German fighters near...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ashtown, Arkansas
Born Marked Tree, Arkansas
Killed in Action (KIA) Villers-Écalles, France 8 March 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down and crashed near Villers-Ecalles, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France.

Buried 1945

Buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery, Plot C, Row 36, Grave 14.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2015 21:05:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
Sources

Lee Cunningham 31-Jul-2015. Correcting typo in Biography.

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2015 19:40:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
Sources

Lee Cunningham 31-Jul-2015. Added Crew postion to Biography per MACR 15570.

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2015 19:38:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 31-Jul-2015. Added Decortations and Burial event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Added KIA event note per MACR 15570; Edited Summary Biography with A/C model letter, Radio Call Letters and Unit association, added loss detail and target based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15570 / MACR 15570, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop and Hey p.89, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties pp. 56-7 by Lundy / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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