Donald N Sharp

Military

Assigned to 575BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 #43-34440. Starboard engine and wing set on fire and hydraulics shot out by fighters, bail out bell rung but did not work, crashed 10 miles NW Bitburg, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11486.



Awards: PH



Post War: Donald N Sharp Memorial Community Hospital, a nonprofit healthcare facility in San Diego founded in 1955 in Donald N Sharp honor after a 1/2 billion dollar donation by his father Thomas N Sharp.



2Lt's Sharp and Hawkinson are pictured in - http://www.sharp.com/health-news/the-legacy-of-mission-203-a-san-diego-…

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Units served with

An airman of the 391st Bomb Group wearing a service dress jacket and kilt. Written on slide casing: '391 BG.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Unit: 391st Bomb Group 575th Bomb Squadron

Missions

The nose art of a B-26 Marauder (serial number 42-95865) nicknamed "Sky Hag" of the 391st Bomb Group.
  • Date: 23 December 1944

Places

Aerial photograph of Matching airfield looking south, the technical site is on the left, 19 July 1948. Photograph taken by No. 58 Squadron, sortie number RAF/58/62.English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Matching Green

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

San Diego, CA, USA 9 September 1922 Son of Thomas E and Madeleine Sharp.

Enlisted

Los Angeles, CA, USA 14 May 1942

Died

54634 Bitburg, Germany 23 December 1944 Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 #43-34440. Starboard engine and wing set on fire and hydraulics shot out by fighters, bail out bell rung but did not work, crashed 10 miles NW Bitburg, Germany. KIA. MACR 11486.

Buried/ Commemorated

54649 Lambertsberg, Germany 24 December 1944 Interred Lambertsberg Germany

Buried/ Commemorated

11 February 1946 Re-Interred Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial Saint-Avold Departement de la Moselle Lorraine, France

Buried/ Commemorated

San Diego, CA, USA 19 August 1949 Re-Interred Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum San Diego

Other

Hospital named in his honor

San Diego, CA, USA 2 April 1955 Donald N Sharp Memorial Community Hospital, a nonprofit facility in San Diego founded in 1955 in Thomas N Sharp's sons honor.

Based

23 December 1944 Assigned to 575BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF.

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