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Donald M Eastling


B-17 #42-29919 'Carbondale Special' June 13, 1943 suffered bomb damage and injuries to BTG and TG. Aug 17, 1943, piloted 'Wee Bonnie' B17 42-30185


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...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29740 Tondelayo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/43; Rapid City 22/2/43 - original group ship with 95th BG; Kearney 12/3/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-R] RAF Alconbury; force landed Alconbury after sustaining NBD with Don Eastling 19/5/43; transferred to 337BS/96BG [AW-G]...

  • 42-29919 'Carbondale Special'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 9/3/43; Memphis 8/4/43; Presque Is 1/5/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Z] Framlingham 11/6/43; 2m, battle damaged over Kiel 13/6/43 with Don Eastling, Ball turret gunner: Ernie Cropper[wia],Tail gunner: Rich Bell[wia] (10 Returned to Duty)...

  • 42-30185 'Wee Bonnie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Dow Fd 25/5/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-H] Horham 15/6/43; 10m, severe battle damaged Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Don Eastling, rest unknown; Salvaged 24/8/43. WEE BONNIE.

  • 42-3273 'Impatient Virgin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 18/4/43; Assigned 100BG Dow Fd 30/5/43; transferred 412BS/95BG [QW-W] Horham 15/6/43; force landed RAF St Eval ex-St Nazaire 28/6/43; crash landed Gt Ashfield ex-La Pallice 16/9/43; force landed RAF Hensridge; 31m, ex-Munster 22/12/43...


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop and Hey p. 154, 248 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia