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Donald William Dooley


Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Erxleben in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' #42-31222 as a result of a mid-air collision. One combat mission with the 384th Bomb Group.



  • James Brodie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Magdeburg in B-17 'Lazy Daisy' 42-31222 28-Sep-44. Crashed near Erxleben Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 9366. ...

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31222 Lazy Daisy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Memphis 24/10/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-D] Grafton Underwood 546 [BK-D] 23/11/43; Missing in Action Magdeburg (Berlin) 28/9/44 with Jim Brodie, Co-pilot: Lloyd Vevle, ng-Byron Atkins, Flight engineer/top...


  • 652

    28 September 1944

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Indiana, USA 26 July 1919
Enlisted Indianapolis, IN, USA 10 September 1941

Residence: Marion County, Indiana
Private, Branch Immaterial

Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 28 September 1944

42-31222 BK-D, LAZY DAISY, collided with 43‑37822 over the target; both ships went down on fire and out of control; no chutes observed; crashed near Erxleben, Germany; MACR 9366.

Buried Bloomington, IN, USA 28 September 1944

Valhalla Memory Gardens
Monroe County
Indiana, USA

Served with the 482nd Bomb Group

In WWII, Donald served with the 482nd Bombardment Group (P). The "P" stood for Pathfinder. The 482nd was activated on August 20, 1943 at AAF Station 102 in Alconbury, Huntingdonshire, England for the purpose of providing pathfinder (PFF) lead aircraft for other bomb groups, specifically through the winter of 1943 to 1944.
The 482nd Bomb Group's last radar-led combat mission was March 22, 1944 to Berlin.
With the change, 482nd personnel were dispersed to other bomb groups.
Donald William Dooley was transferred to the 384th Bomb Group. He was assigned to the 384th Bomb Group Headquarters Detachment on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #147 dated July 25,1944. He was then reclassified from MOS 867 (radar mechanic, bombardment) to MOS 757 (radio operator/gunner) and transferred from Headquarters Detachment to the 545th Bomb Squadron of the 384th Bomb Group on SO #179 dated September 8, 1944.


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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9366 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database