Donald  T.  KLEIN

 

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NUMBER OF SERVICE16056849
AGE22 yo
DATE OF BIRTH1922
ETATDane WISCONSIN
FAMILYSingle
RANKStaff Sergeant
FONCTIONGunner
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENTSemiskilled drillers, extraction of minerals and constructionWI
DATE of ENLISTEMENT8 July 1942 Madison WISCONSIN
 SQUADRON562nd Bomber Squadron
 GROUP388th Bomber Group, Heavy
ARMY8th US Air Force
DATE OF DEATH8 May 1944klein Donald t tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHOff Portbail
DATA PLAN 

B-17 Fortress - type G-35-BO - s/n 42-32011

"Peg Of My Heart"

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Macr: 4599

Mission: V1 site at La Glacerie and Sottevast

Takeoff Station 136 Knettishall, Suffolk UK

Part of the crew would have fallen into a minefield, towards St-Sauveur

Shot by the flak at 19:32 - Plane abandoned in totality

CEMETERYBRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY of St James

Map of St James American Cemetery

GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
F514
DECORATION

Air Medal

Purple Heart

World War II Victory Medal

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Photo FDLM

victory medal

 

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STORY

Son of Joseph H. Klein who resided in Madison, Wisconsin.

Donald served as a Staff Sergeant & Tail Gunner on B-17G #42-32011, 562nd Bomber Squadron, 388th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Wisconsin prior to the war.

B-17G #42-32011 left on a bombing mission from Station 136, Knettishall, England to La Glacerie, France. They were hit by German anti-aircraft fire over the target and are believed to have crashed approx. 3 miles off the french coast during the war. 8 parachutes were seen to leave the B-17.

Donald was noted as being one of the 8 who parachuted out. He was "Killed In Action" during the war

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

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Donald T Klein 1941 Madison East Yearbook 

 

Crew of  B-17 Fortress - type G-35-BO - s/n 42-32011

"Peg Of My Heart"

2nd Lieutenant Louis Joseph HEYING Pilot Prisoner     O-751132 - New Vienna, IOWA  - Captured 2 km St-Sauveur-le-Vicomte - Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia
Flight/Officer Joseph Paul CICAK CoPilot Prisoner     T-001962 - Binghamton, NEW YORK  - Captured 1 km N St-Lô-d'Ourville - Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia
S/Sergeant Clifton Elmer  BILLADO Navigator Dead billado Clifton E mur MIA - Tablets Cim Am Colleville-sur-Mer 31066441 - AM+3/PH - Windsor, VERMONT
2nd Lieutenant Dick D   SEITZINGER Bomber Dead   Cim Brit Am Colleville O-673278 - AM/PH - Cary, INDIANA
T/Sergeant Howard Edward GOLLNER Radio Prisoner     36808387 - Thiensville, WISCONSIN - Captured 2 km O St-Sauveur-le-Vicomte (Les Fresnaies) - Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia
T/Sergeant William Arthur HEIM Mechanic/Gunner Prisoner     13093828 - Lewisburg, PENNSYLVANIA - Captured 2 km O St-Sauveur-le-Vicomte - Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow
S/Sergeant Joseph Oramel Jr MORSE Gunner Dead   Meredith Village Cem. Belknap Co, New Hampshire 39282738 - Ramona, CALIFORNIA - Inhaled initially at Cim Mil Cherbourg
S/Sergeant William KRONITZ Gunner Dead   MIA - Tablets Cim Am Cambridge 32406966 -AM/PH - New York, NEW YORK
S/Sergeant David Herman KIMMEL Gunner Prisoner     31135017 - Mattason, MASSACHUSETTS - Injured and transported to Hopital Paris-Clichy
S/Sergeant Donald Theodore   KLEIN Gunner Dead klein Donald t tombe Cim Brit Am St-James 16056849 - AM/PH - Madison, WISCONSIN
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SOURCE INFORMATION & PHOTOFrancecrashes39-45.net - Aad.archives.gov - Abmc.gov - Frédéric LAVERNHE - Findagrave.com - Monty Mc DANIEL -  Arie-Jan van Hees
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