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Donovan Garrett Helgeson

Military

Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions as Top Turret/Engineer. ETD
Re-trained as a pilot. Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions as pilot. ETD

Awards: DFC, (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (5 x Battle Stars).

Service

People

  • William Andert

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Donovan Helgeson crew, ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Marvin Athey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Donald Helgeson and Cleburn Brown. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Allan Budden

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Donovan Helgeson crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Edward Humlicek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Helgeson crew. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Kedzierski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 combat missions. Donovan Helgeson crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • George Schlorer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Donovan Helgeson crew. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • John Serbin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 combat missions. Donovan Helgeson crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Robert Stewart

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier (Togglier) | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Donovan Helgeson crew. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron
  • 334th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31876 'Fireball' ' Fireball Red'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/12/43; Gt Falls 3/1/44; Cheyenne 5/1/44; Kearney 13/1/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Q] Horham 17/2/44; aborted after take off for Dusseldorf 9/9/44 with Bill Lahl, Co-pilot: Theo Bennett, Navigator: Maurice Schwartz (wia),...

  • 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...

  • 43-38229 Better Duck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/7/44; Kearney 19/7/44; Dow Fd 3/8/44; Assigned 862BS/493BG Debach 4/8/44; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-N] Horham 1/45; with D.G. Helgeson force landed A-78 afb Florennes/Juzaine, Bel. 9/3/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45;...

  • 44-8741 Winged Warrior

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 20/12/44; Dow Fd 29/12/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-M] Horham 5/1/45; with F. Beard force landed Framlingham afb, Sfk. 6/2/45 (first op) 56m, Returned to the USA Bradley 5/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Joice, IA 30 January 1921

Son of Joseph and Effie [Garrett] Helgeson.

Enlisted Jefferson Barracks, St Louis, MO 5 September 1941

Jefferson Barracks, Missouri

Based Bassingbourn December 1943 – March 1944

Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. (Top Turret/Engineer)

Flight training April 1944 – January 1945

Re-trained as Pilot.

Based Horham February 1945 – May 1945

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. (Pilot)

Discharged USAAF 27 December 1946
Died 29 March 1997
Buried Maple Ridge Cemetery Maple Ridge, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada April 1997

Maple Ridge Cemetery
Maple Ridge, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada

*Burial location assumed.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2021 05:11:21 Al_Skiff Changes to role, awards and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/191960415/donovan-garrett-helgeson

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2021 05:09:07 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/169243672
https://www.fold3.com/page/84573069/donovan-g-helgeson
https://www.fold3.com/record/64659328/donovan-helgeson-social-security-d...
https://www.fold3.com/record/84573069/donovan-g-helgeson-wwii-army-enlis...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/191960415/donovan-garrett-helgeson

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2017 23:49:26 jeepster298 Changes to role, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Service record

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2017 23:19:25 jeepster298 Changes to service number and unit associations
Sources

Information is compiled from my Great-uncle Donovan Helgeson's service record.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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