John Lewis Donaldson

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Assigned to 250BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) coastal training mission in B-17 42-102611 'Lady Boss', last seen 5 miles off Great Yarmouth. Posted MIA, later as no trace had been found, changed to Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6993.



Awards: PH.

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Units served with

Three airmen of the 100th Bomb Group, Lieutenant Kenneth Menzie, Lieutenant Donald Strout and Lieutenant Norman Scott, plan the route they will take during the next mission in their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30380). Image stamped on reverse: 'Reviewed and passed U.S. Army 23 Aug 1943 Press Censor E.T.O. U.S.A.' [stamp]'. Passed for publication 23 August 1943 INTLD 16 General Section Press Censorship Bureau '[stamp], 'Associated Press' [stamp] and '280035.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reve
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39696262
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner / Flight Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35107105 / O-763835
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38479522
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19127645
  • Highest Rank: Corporal
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17125092 / O-769164
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Boss Lady
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Enlisted

3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731, USA 21 December 1940 Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, CA

Died

5 miles off Great Yarmouth, UK 27 June 1944 Failed to Return (FTR) coastal training mission, last seen 5 miles off Great Yarmouth. Posted MIA, later as no trace had been found, changed to KIA MACR 6993.

Born

Watertown, MA, USA Son of William and Marion [Harding] Donaldson.

Buried

Tablets of the Missing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Based

Thorpe Abbotts 27 June 1944 Assigned to 250BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.