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Donald Isaac Soale


Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 31 x missions. Became group lead crew.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...


Event Location Date
Born Blanchester, Warren County, OH 2 August 1921

Son of Isaac Hamilton Soale and Rosa Belle Boatman.

Lived in Jamestown, OH 1942
Enlisted Patterson Field, Fairfield, OH 8 May 1942

Patterson Field, Fairfield, Ohio

Flight training Greenwood AAF, MS 1943

Pilot training, Class of 43- Greenwood AAF, Mississippi

Based April 1944 – August 1944

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Washington Court House, OH 20 February 2008
Buried Washington Cemetery, Washington Court House, Fayette County, OH 25 February 2008

Washington Cemetery
Washington Court House, Fayette County, Ohio


Date Contributor Update
22 June 2020 12:49:35 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography and events

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19 June 2020 21:23:25 camillemnoel Changes to middlename

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15 May 2019 15:21:20 Al_Skiff Changes to awards, unit associations and place associations

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27 September 2014 18:07:35 AAM AAM ingest

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