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Daniel W Gates

Military

He reported to the ETO in Jul 1944.
Sorties: 1944 - 5 Aug Dollburgen, Ger; 6 Aug Brandenburg, Ger; 7 Aug Montbartier, Fr; 9 Aug Ulm, Ger; 12 Aug Chamant, Fr; 16 Aug Bohlen, Ger; 24 Aug Vorden, Ger; 26 Aug Gelsenkirchen, Ger; 5 Sep Ludwigshaven, Ger; 8 Sep Ludwigshaven, Ger; 10 Sep Stuttgart, Ger; 12 Sep Ruhland, Ger (Missing in Action (MIA)). On 12 September 1944, Aircraft #42-102503-W ('Belle of the Blue') was shot down. One crew member was Killed in Action (KIA); the others were Missing in Action (MIA)/Prisoner of War (POW). Lt. Gates was liberated by the Russians from Stalag Luft I on 5 May 1945.

(Bud) Daniel W. Gates returned to Spokane, WA and married (Peggy) Margaret Meenach Gates. He was the father of 6 children, five girls and one boy--Daniel W. Gates the 2nd. He had 11 grandchildren. He died in January, 2006, but were he alive today, he would know he has 7 great grandchildren. Peggy, his beloved wife, died in November 2012. Both parents were loved by all their children, grandchildren, extended family, and many friends. Bud was a proud and loving father--very softhearted and great at telling stories and jokes. Both he and Peggy are missed beyond words.

Service

Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102503 'BELLE OF THE BLUE'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; slated 96BG, Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 1/5/44; 423BS/306BG [RD-W] Thurleigh 18/5/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/9/44 with Dan Gates, Co-pilot: Ed Jordan, Navigator: John Taylor, Bombardier:...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Somerset, PA 15501, USA 4 October 1918
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 12 September 1944 – 5 May 1945

POW

Died Spokane, WA, USA 12 January 2006
Buried Spokane, WA, USA 17 January 2006

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2017 05:16:46 DannaGatesBeal Changes to events
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Danna Beal, daughter

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2017 05:05:51 DannaGatesBeal Changes to biography
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Danna Beal, daughter

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2017 04:16:35 DannaGatesBeal Changes to events
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Danna Beal, daughter

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2017 03:28:19 DannaGatesBeal Changes to events
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Danna Beal, daughter of Daniel W. Gates

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2017 03:25:23 DannaGatesBeal Changes to nickname and biography
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Danna Beal, daughter of Daniel W. Gates

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8835 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self, 306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition  MACR 8835, First Over Germany pg. 277

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