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Donald Walter Chatfield

Military

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 2 x damaged [Grd]. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

  • Headquarters (359th Fighter Group)

Aircraft

  • 42-106876 'Miss Jo' 'Pete E Jr'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Re-assigned to 84FS. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 43-6917 'Patricia' 'Marihelen'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost 3-Oct-44 Crash-landed France Lt D W Chatfield RTD.

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 7060 NY-104, Oswego, NY 13126, USA 29 December 1920

Son of William C and Celeste Chatfield.

Enlisted Syracuse, NY, USA 16 April 1943
Based East Wretham 14 June 1944 – 21 January 1945

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 15 September 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed France 3 October 1944

Crash-landed P-51B 43-6917 France 3-Oct-44 - Lt Donald W Chatfield RTD

Transferred Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 9 December 1944

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Sint-Truiden, Belgium 15 December 1944

Force-landed P-51B 42-106876 15-Dec-44 LG A-92 Belgium - Lt Donald W Chatfield RTD

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 21 January 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died Syracuse, NY, USA 31 March 2005
Buried Excelsior, MN 55331, USA April 2005

Woodside Cemetery
Shorewood
Hennepin County, MN

Lived in Waycross, GA, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2018 11:56:33 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/93681385-donald-w-chatfield
https://www.fold3.com/image/114323221?terms=Donald%20W%20Chatfield
https://www.fold3.com/page/86640281-donald-w-chatfield/facts
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Chatfield&Submit=Search
359th Fighter Group, 1943-1945 By Thomas H. Raines
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/118832778/donald-walter-chatfield

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

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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