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Donald A Currie Jr

Military

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 38 x combat missions. ETD

"Two missions after "The Bonnie Donnie" belly landed (Frankfurt mission) and a flak attack over Cologne had damaged the landing gear, Pilot Currie jettisoned his ball turret prior to landing on her belly. Getting rid of the ball turret undoubtedly stopped the A/C breaking in half on landing and meaning all crew escaped unharmed."

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

Service

People

  • Joseph Amber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Don Currie crew. 38 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Cosmo DiPierro

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. Don Currie crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Earl Gibson

    Military | Master Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Ditched into the channel and was rescued. RTD. Don Currie crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star). Post war: Remained in USAF serving in Korean conflict.

  • Cecil Graf

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. Donald McCree and Donald Currie crews. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Morey Jeffery

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Clayton Johnston

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot / Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Donald Currie crew. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Donald McCree

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot / Commanding Officer | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17 pilot, flew 42 missions and became commander of 612th Bomb Squadron. Awards: SS, DFC (OLC), AM (7OLC), Croix de Guerre, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Marvel Severson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Donald Currie crew. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Walter Surprise

    Military | Master Sergeant | Waist gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Don Currie crew. 37 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars). Post war: Remained in USAF serving in Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

  • Roy Winn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Don Currie crew. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107039 Ice Cold Katy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 3/2/44; Grenier 27/2/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-M] Deenethorpe 23/3/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45...

  • 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 8/9/43; to Gt Falls with Phil Sweet but force landed Pueblo, CO 10/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-G] Deenethorpe 8/11/43; Missing in Action Cologne 28/5/44 with George West, Waist gunner: Hugh Russell, Tail gunner: Mike...

  • 42-31891 The Shape

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-P] Deenethorpe 15/2/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 1/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-97947

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/4/44; 1SAG Langley 16/6/44; Grenier 6/7/44; Assigned 351BG Polebrook 8/7/44; transferred 612BS/401BG [SC-U] Deenethorpe 7/8/44; 613BS; transferred 305BG Chelveston 20/8/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/5/46.

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pinehurst, NC 13 March 1923

Son of Donald A Currie Sr.

Enlisted Winston-Salem, NC 28 April 1942

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Based Deenethorpe 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Ended military service 31 January 1972

Retired USAF, Rank of Colonel.

Died Seneca, SC 28 January 2008
Buried Sunset Memory Gardens Mint Hill, Mecklenburg County, NC February 2008

Sunset Memory Gardens
Mint Hill, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2021 11:19:54 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/32157112
https://www.fold3.com/image/312802145
https://www.fold3.com/image/312833304
https://www.fold3.com/record/84024222/donald-a-currie-jr-wwii-army-enlis...
https://www.fold3.com/record/623219554/donald-currie-1923-veterans-affai...
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=0062
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/24303512/donald-f-currie

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=62

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