Donald K Willis

Military

Object Number - UPL 18828 - Fl/Lt Donald K Willis 335th FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF, formerly 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF spitfire pilot.

Joined RAFVR, assigned to 121S, transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF, transferred to VIII Fighter Command, 67th Fighter Wing Operations. Flew with the 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group at Kingscliffe, evaluating new fighter-bomber tactics for the P-38.
Went down in P-38J-10-LO 42-68077 KI-X Evaded capture for 2 months, arriving back in England on 28 JUN 44. EVD (MACR 3616).
Remained in the Air Force until 1953. Worked for Global Van Lines and in the insurance business before becoming a quartermaster on a supertanker.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Wing
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-38 Lightning
  • Unit: 20th Fighter Group 55th Fighter Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Marion, IN, USA 7 August 1911 Born - 7 August 1911 Marion, IN

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Transferred

20 October 1942 - 22 April 1943 Transferred to 335th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF.

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Promoted

Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 22 March 1943 Promoted to Captain.

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Shot down

10 April 1944 Went down in P-38J-10-LO 42-68077 KI-X. EVD (MACR 3616).

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Evaded EVD

10 April 1944 - 28 June 1944 Evaded capture for 2 months, arriving back in England on 28 JUN 44.

Died

Ocala, FL, USA 27 April 1977 Died - 27 April 1977 Ocala, FL.
Leavenworth, IN, USA

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Joined RAFVR

Canada Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

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Assigned

Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 20 October 1942 Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Revisions

Date16 Nov 2016 13:30:35
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- MACR 3616;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date26 Feb 2016 23:12:03
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date4 Nov 2015 19:57:40
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Date27 Sep 2014 18:07:36
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