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Donald Raymond Aasen

Military

Assigned to 601BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: AM (5OLC), AFCM, WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

Service

People

  • Robert Taylor

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 601BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 601st Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Velva North Dakota 23 May 1925

Son of Anton Peter and Anna Marie Aasen.

Training Alexandria AAF, LA February 1943

Completed training at Alexandria AAF, Louisiana.

Based Nuthampstead 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 601BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Los Altos, CA 21 October 2011

Donald Raymond Aasen, "Don", May 23, 1925 - October 21, 2011, resident of Los Altos, died peacefully in Los Altos on October 21, 2011. He was preceded in death by his first wife Ernestine Willidean Johnson with whom he had two sons. He is also survived by his wife of 48 years, Olga Aasen; three daughters; thirteen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his four brothers Ernest, Mahlon, Marvin, and Gordon. Don was born in Velva, North Dakota, on May 23, 1925. His early education was in a simple one-room schoolhouse and he later graduated from Minot High School before enlisting in the Air Force in 1943. He served during World War II as a tail gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, completing 35 missions over Germany. After flight schools in Texas and Nevada, he served in the Korean War as a pilot and flew the first generation of jet planes, the F-84 Thunderjet, carrying out 100 missions. He concluded his military career at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona as a jet fighter pilot instructor in the first supersonic jet, the F-100 Super Sabre. He retired from the USAF in 1965, achieving the rank of Major and receiving the Commendation Medal while serving as operations officer of his squadron.
A resident of Los Altos for 42 years, Don witnessed the growth of the Silicon Valley through his career in roofing materials sales. He enjoyed being a greeter and usher at St. William Parish in Los Altos until he suffered a stroke in 2005. Always generous and patient, he had sparkling blue eyes and a charming smile. He will forever be remembered as a devoted father and husband, and a treasured patriarch. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, October 28 at 10:30 AM at St. William Church, 611 S. El Monte Avenue, Los Altos, with reception to follow at the Parish Hall.

Buried Gate Of Heaven Catholic Cemetery Los Altos, Santa Clara County, CA 28 October 2011

Gate Of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
Los Altos, Santa Clara County, California

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2022 10:27:18 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/670528800
https://www.fold3.com/record/286010789/donald-raymond-aasen-social-secur...
http://www.398th.org/Images/Images_Crews/Text/Flight/Taylor_Robert_O-601...
https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/mercurynews/name/donald-aasen-obitu...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/99054582/donald-raymond-aasen

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2022 15:50:33 Amanda Changes to role and place associations
Sources

398th

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2022 15:45:33 Amanda Changes to events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/99054582/donald-raymond-aasen

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2022 15:14:42 Amanda Changes to events
Sources

Ancestry

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2022 14:50:12 Amanda Changes to media associations
Sources

398th.org

Date Contributor Update
09 June 2016 13:24:07 Wex_AdamSterecki Changes to middlename
Sources

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mercurynews/obituary.aspx?pid=154253449

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

398th History / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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