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Donald Martin Pfaff

Military

Assigned to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from training mission, part of a four ship formation, bounced by friendly P-47's pilot lost control in the break and crashed into a row of houses in Riverside Row, Upper Tean, Staffordshire. 14-Jul-44. Pilot 2Lt Donald M Pfaff Killed in Training Accident (KITA).

Awards: PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 552nd Fighter Training Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-22491

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from training mission, part of a four ship formation, bounced by friendly P-47's pilot lost control in the break and crashed into a row of houses in...

  • 42-74720 'Honey Baby'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Homestead, PA 15120, USA 7 June 1922

Son of Michael and Matilda Pfaff.

Lived in Wilkinsburg, PA, USA 1941
Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA, USA 9 October 1942
Crashed Newport Municipal Airport, 3800 N Operations Dr, Newport, AR 72112, USA 22 November 1943

Landing Accident Ground Loop Newport AAF, AR Cat 3 damage 2Lt Donald M Pfaff, 22-Nov-43.

BT-13A 42-42813 - 1066BFTSq

Based Atcham 1944 – 14 July 1944

Assigned to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Atcham, Shrewsbury, UK 8 July 1944

Mid Air Collision with P-47C 41-6203 Llangallen 8-Jul-44. Belly landing Atcham.

P-47D 42-74720 - 552FTS 495FTG 8AF

Died Upper Tean, Tean, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 4DZ, UK 14 July 1944

Fatal Crash Destroyed by Fire Upper Tean Cat 5 damage 2Lt Donald M Pfaff, 14-Jul-44.

P-47D 42-22491 - 552FTS 495FTG 8AF

Buried 15 July 1944

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried 1460 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221, USA 1948

Re-Interred
Woodland cemetery
Wilkinsburg,
Allegheney, PA

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