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Donald S Bryan

Military

Don S Bryan served as pilot with the 352nd Fighter Group. He became an ace in one day with 6 air victories.
He named each of his aircraft 'Little One' in his wife's honour.

Note: P-51 3/4 scale model in Mighty 8th Museum is copy of one of his aircraft.

DFC w 2/Oak Leaf Clusters, DSC, Air Medal w 14/Oak Leaf Clusters

13.33 aerial victories

Service

People

  • Kirke Noyes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief | 352nd Fighter Group
    Kirke Noyes served as Crew Chief with the 328th Fighter Squadron of the 352nd Fighter Group. He was Crew Chief for at least on of Don S Bryan's aircraft. ...

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Units served with

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 328th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Paicines, California 15 August 1921
Promoted from Second to First Lieutenant 26 July 1942
Promoted from First Lieutenant to Captain 31 January 1944
Served as Squadron Commander January 1945 – April 1945

328th Fighter Squadron

Promoted from Captain to Major 7 April 1945
Ended Tour of Duty 24 April 1945
Died Adel, GA, USA 15 May 2012
Buried Christ Episcopal Church, 1521 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, GA 31602, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2015 17:00:56 Lucy May Changes to events, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Findagrave record: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=bryan&GSfn=donald&...

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2015 16:55:00 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Combined two entries for Donald S Bryan into a single entry. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Also used:
VeteransTributes,org: http://www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=114
Article posted on the Preddy Foundation website: http://www.preddy-foundation.org/memorials/lieutenant-colonel-don-bryan/
Jerry Scutts - 'Aces and Pilots of the US 8th/9th Air Forces' (2001), p. 151.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Fighter Aces of the U. S. A. and Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force

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