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John R Donnelly


John Donnelly served with the 641st Bomb Squadron of the 409th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Little Walden, England. On 11 June 1944, he was flying in A-20 43-9703 when it collided with A-20 43-9946 soon after take-off. Donnelly died when the aircraft crash landed.


Units served with


  • 43-9703

    A-20 Havoc
    On 11 June 1944, A-20 43-9703 collided with A-20 43-9946 over Little Walden airfield and crashed nearby. The pilot, Joseph R Armistead, died. The aircraft was salvaged 13 June 1944.

Associated Place

  • Little Walden

    Military site : airfield
    Little Walden was built as a Class A airfield suitable for American heavy bombers. The 409th Bomb Group, as part of the Ninth Air Force, was stationed at the base between March and September 1944, flying A-20 Havocs. ...


Event Location Date
Born 22 June 1916
Died 11 June 1944
Buried Pittsburgh, PA, USA 1948


Date Contributor Update
08 January 2018 15:08:51 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations