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Donald J Dinwiddie

Military

Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-39786 'G. I. Sheets', Prisoner of War (POW).

POW

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-39786 G. I. Sheets

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/8/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-R] Molesworth 18/10/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Jim Fowler, Bombardier: Alvin Taylor Wounded in Action, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Curtis Finley, Radio Operator: Don...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Higbee, Missouri, USA 30 March 1923
Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 29 January 1944

Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

Died 19 February 2005

(aged 81)

Buried Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, USA

Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2021 17:17:35 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
Sources

Added an association to the 8th AF Mission #198 on 14 Jan 1944 per info in the "Summary biography"

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2020 18:23:42 jmoore43 Changes to surname
Sources

Updated spelling of the surname per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 15578954.
Source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15578954/donald-j-dinwiddie

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2020 18:22:12 jmoore43 Changes to events
Sources

Removed a space in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.
Updated Born event and added Died and Buried events per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 15578954.
Updated spelling of the surname per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 15578954.
Source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15578954/donald-j-dinwiddie

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2020 18:12:46 jmoore43 Changes to surname, biography, events and place associations
Sources

Added a connection to Stalag Luft 4 per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Removed a space in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.
Added POW camp info to the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Changed surname to match spelling from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2020 18:06:34 jmoore43 Changes to surname
Sources

Corrected the spelling of the surname per MACR 2260 at Fold3.com.
Source: https://www.fold3.com/image/28603785

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2260 / MACR 2260, 8th AF Losses / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / http://303rdbg.com/rost-cd.html#C

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