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Donald Vernon Banta

Military

Shot down by 20mm cannon fire from fighers and crashed near Fulda, Germany on return from the mission to Gotha, Germany on 24 February 1944 in B-24J #42-100312. Killed in Action (KIA). His remains were never recovered and he is still listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Service

People

  • Frederick Aldrich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by 20mm cannon fire from fighers and crashed near Fulda, GR on the return from a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24J #42-100312. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Kenyon Brindley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by 20mm cannon fire from fighers and crashed near Fulda, GR on the return from a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24J #42-100312. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Jack Coy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by 20mm cannon fire from fighers and crashed near Fulda, GR on the return from a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24J #42-100312. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Leroy Dunster

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by 20mm cannon fire from fighers and crashed near Fulda, GR on the return from a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24J #42-100312. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Porter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by 20mm cannon fire from fighers and crashed near Fulda, GR on the return from a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24J #42-100312. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • John Reinschmidt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by 20mm cannon fire from fighers and crashed near Fulda, GR on the return from a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24J #42-100312. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • David Skjeie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by 20mm cannon fire from fighers and crashed near Fulda, GR on the return from a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24J #42-100312. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • William Stochl

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by 20mm cannon fire from fighers and crashed near Fulda, GR on the return from a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24J #42-100312. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

Units served with

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 703rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets whoch it is thought will frustrate concentration...

Associated Place

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Orchard, Antelope County, Nebraska 29 July 1922
Lived in 1942

Los Angeles, California

Enlisted 10 November 1942

Los Angeles, California

Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 24 February 1944
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium

Donald Banta is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in Henri-Chapelle, Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2020 09:07:23 ED-BB Changes to events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
MACR 2560

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2020 08:57:22 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography, awards and events
Sources

WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft card
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC, MACR 2559, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2560 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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