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Donald Bankie Flygstad




  • Jammie Philpott

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Lieutenant General Jammie M. Philpott was vice commander in chief, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, with headquarters at Lindsey Air Station, Wiesbaden, Germany. ...

  • Halcott Thomas

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102450 'Paisano'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 7/4/44; transferred 336BS/95BG Horham 8/4/44; with W. G. Helm force landed A-71 Clastres, France 29/12/44; 85m, Missing in Action Chemnitz 3/3/45 with Bob Duncan, Co...

  • 42-97961

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/4/44; 1SAG Langley 5/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned as (PFF) 336BS/95BG [ET-K] Horham 29/6/44; 31m, Missing in Action Mannheim, Ger. 21/1/45 with C. L. Savage; lost to severe weather conditions, crash landed Nancy A/fd, Fr; 9RTD;...

  • 43-38283

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/7/44; Kearney 25/7/44; Grenier 7/8/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-A] Horham 13/8/44; 336BS [ET-A]; with D.L. Pearson force landed Laon, Fr 30/12/44;42m, Missing in Action Ruhland 17/3/45 with Irwin Vermillion, Co-pilot: John...

  • 43-38617 New York Express

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/8/44; Hunter 7/9/44; Dow Fd 18/9/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-Q] Horham 19/9/44; with W.N. Dunwoody force landed Raydon afb, Suffolk 10/1/45; 80m, Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/6/45;...

  • 44-8040

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 14/5/44; Dallas 14/6/44; Langley 6/7/44; Grenier 3/8/44; Assigned PFF 335BS/95BG [OE-N] Horham 5/8/44; 412BS [QW-N]; 36m, sal 8/6/45. 13TH JINX.

  • 44-8144 Hell's Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27/6/44; Langley 27/7/44; Dow Fd 4/8/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-O] Horham 10/8/44; 336BS [ET-O], then 412BS [GW-O]; with W.V. Owen force landed Framlingham afb, Sfk 25/12/44; battle damaged Hamburg 30/3/45 with E.R. Parrish[wia];...

  • 44-8210 Sweetheart of Seattle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 11/7/44; Langley 8/8/44; Dow Fd 12/9/44; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-Z] Rougham 14/9/44; transferred 335BS/95BG [OE-J] Horham 11/44; with L.W. Jensen, Radio Operator: Paul Rupard, Waist gunner: - Olson [2wia] 24/2/45; 53m, RetUS,...

  • 44-8230

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 17//7/44; Langley 18/4/44; Hunter 10/9/44; Grenier Fd 18/9/44; Assigned PFF 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 20/9/44; 41m, transferred 349BS/100BG [XR-A] Thorpe Abbotts, then 418BS [LD-Q]; sal 6/5/45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

  • 44-8272

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27/7/44; Lincoln 17/8/44; Grenier 3/9/44; Assigned 1377 AAF Base Unit detailed UK, via Goose Bay, Lab.; on 3/9/44 with Joe Arwood, Co-pilot: Walt Johnson, Navigator: Bill Fowler, Bombardier: Clarry Counsell, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 44-8709 Joltin' Joe

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/11/44; Hunter 20/12/44; Grenier 6/1/45; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-J] Thorpe Abbotts 8/1/45; transferred as PFF 336BS/95BG [ET-F] Horham 23/1/45; 13m, Returned to the USA Morrison 20/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold...


  • 674

    12 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 685

    22 October 1944

  • 688

    25 October 1944

  • 691

    28 October 1944

  • 725

    26 November 1944

  • 745

    10 December 1944

  • 764

    27 December 1944

  • 772

    31 December 1944

  • 785

    7 January 1945

  • 789

    10 January 1945

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....


Event Location Date
Born Jewell, IA 15 December 1918
Lived in Webster City, IA 1940
95th BG Combat Tour Horham Airfield, UK 12 October 1944 – 11 April 1944

25 Combat Missions
15 - Philpott Crew
9 - H. Thomas Crew
1 - Collings Crew

Died Webster City, IA 24 January 2018

Donald Bankie Flygstad of Webster City, Iowa, passed away on January 24, 2018 at Southfield Wellness Center in Webster City. He was 99 years old. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Reverend Mike Kroona officiating. Burial will be held at Graceland Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion Post #191. Visitation will be on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Foster Funeral and Cremation Center.
Donald was born to parents Myrtle and Bankie Flygstad on December 15th, 1918 in Jewell, Iowa. He went to, Jewell, Duncombe and Webster City schools. He graduated from Duncombe High School. Donald worked on the farm with his parents south of Duncombe.
Donald enlisted in the Army in 1942. He went through boot camp and after he was selected for the Army Air Corps, which later became the Air Force. Donald became a navigator, flying in a B17, (The Flying Fortress) stationed in England. His job was to navigate by calculating the route for the pilot. He flew 25 missions across the English Channel bombing Nazi held territories. He received the Distinguish Flying Cross and Air Corp Air Medal for saving his plane by flying it home after the pilot was disabled.
Donald returned to Webster City, Iowa after the war and began working as an auto mechanic. In 1947 he married Lois Barkema from Jewell. They had two daughters. Lois became very ill and could not care for her family. They divorced and Don became a single father.
In 1962 he married Erma Barkema Frette from Jewell. Along with Don’s two daughters, Erma had a daughter and son. They became an early, blended, family.
When Donald retired as a mechanic, he started working as a custodian for the Webster City school district. Don continued that job into his 80s. He delivered Meals on Wheels until he was 90.
Donald loved to travel and visited every state and Norway. He was a member of the National B17- 95th Bomb group, American Legion and a bowling league. Donald and Erma loved to go out to eat and often dancing.
Donald is survived by his daughter, Diane (David) Flygstad Delegard of Eau Claire, WI. Step-daughter, Carolyn (LuVerne) Frette Anderson of Kalamazoo, MI. Stepson, Donald Frette of Glendale, AZ ; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister, Beth (Woody) Lastine of South St. Paul, MN and many extended family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Erma; his sister, Mildred Clair; brother, Kenneth Flygstad; daughter, Gayle Torgerson and daughter-in-law, Mini Frette.
Don was a long time member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Webster City.

Buried Webster City, IA 30 January 2018

Graceland Cemetery
Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa, USA


Date Contributor Update
25 November 2020 22:32:21 jmoore43 Changes to events

Updated Died and Buried events per info in the event description.

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2020 21:55:28 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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27 September 2014 18:07:24 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /