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Laurence Ronald MacDonnell


Ronnie MacDonnell, piloting P-47D Thunderbolt #42-8638, was shot down by anti-aircraft fire five miles east Barenton, France on 9 August 1944. He was Killed in Action.
I am his niece, though of course never knew him, he was killed five years before I was born. He was one of my father's older brothers, and I know that Ronnie's death was a heavy burden for his entire family. My dad enlisted in the Marines in 1942, to be the second son to serve during WWII.


Units served with

  • 366th Fighter Group

    366th Fighter Group

    The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...

  • 390th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Thruxton

    Military site : airfield
    Thruxton was developed for use by Army Co-Operation aircraft, before being upgraded to a bomber airfield. The 366th Fighter Group moved in in early 1944, flying missions in support of the build up to D-Day, before moving to the continent with other...


Event Location Date
Born Lawrence, MA, USA 8 August 1917
Killed in Action 50720 Barenton, France 9 August 1944
Buried West Point, NY, USA 25 October 1948

U.S. Military Academy Cemetery, West Point Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
01 December 2018 18:01:28 susmacdonn Changes to biography

Family history

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2017 02:05:42 susmacdonn Changes to biography

Information on family connections added by Susan MacDonnell, daughter of Ronnie's brother, Dermott H MacDonnell

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2016 10:31:33 Lucy May Changes to biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations

Additional details and connections made using MacDonnell's Findagrave record.

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25 March 2016 18:56:05 Gilad_Bashan Changes to events

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25 March 2016 18:40:37 Gilad_Bashan Changes to events and unit associations

Gilad Bashan

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25 March 2016 18:36:18 Gilad_Bashan Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, highest rank and role

Gilad Bashan