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Peter Dontas




  • Gerald Coffey

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 416th Bomb Group

  • William Fields

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 416th Bomb Group

  • Arthur Nielsen

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 416th Bomb Group
    He filled out his draft registration card with the middle name "Louis." Everything else has his middle name as "Lawrence."

  • Charles Webb

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 416th Bomb Group

Units served with


Associated Place

  • Wethersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Planned in 1942 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Wethersfield was then supposed to be loaned to the RAF in 1943, but was re-allocated to the Ninth Air Force by the time it was complete. Built during 1943-44, it had three concrete runways, 49 loop...


Event Location Date
Born Clear Creek, Utah 11 November 1921
Lived in Salt Lake City, Utah 16 February 1942

65 Coatsville Avenue

Worked at Hill Army Airfield in Ogden

First 416th BG Combat Mission Conches, France 6 March 1944
Died Frevent, France 8 August 1944


Another plane out of that first flight also went down. The plane caught on fire when it was hit by flak after leaving the target; it was seen to lose a wing and then explode. Lt. Peter Dontas was the pilot. Staff Sergeants A.L. Nielsen and W.E. Fields were the gunners. One chute was seen to come out of the plane. The crew is listed as MIA.

Dontas was flying his 41st combat mission when he was killed

Buried Salt Lake City, Utah 2 June 1949

Mount Olivet Cemetery
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA


Date Contributor Update
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