1944 — Italy
Donald was an ORIGINAL member of the 321st BOmb Group, the 445th Bomb Squadron and flew across the Atlantic the Southern Route in the [now famous] Gen. Bob Knapp Flight over (referred to as "The HOP".....)
Carson, Donald (NMI), T/Sgt, radio-gunner (14104211)
(NARA - 14104211 CARSON#DONALD# AL RANDOLPH FT MCPHERSON ATLANTA GA 42)
321stBG,445thBS,#41-13129 (No Name or Art Yet)
OPS 258-257 GROUP Mission 220 ORTE' Marshalling Yards. Lt Newkirk's and his Crew shot down by enemy fighters.
321stBG_445thBS----KIA on 21 Feb 1944:
445th BS Mission Summary: (Ops Order 258/mission 257) Group Mission # 220: Today’s mission was to bomb the Orte marshalling yards. It cost this Squadron one plane – Lt. Newkirk and his crew – to attacks by enemy fighters. Sgt. Cecil F. Carson, turret gunner in the Squadron claimed a Focke Wulf 190 in the battle between the B-25’s and about 8 Focke Wulf 190’s.
445th BS: Extracts from Missing Air Crew Report # 2478:
A/C No. 41-13129 (MACR-2478 - shot down at target)
P Newkirk, Renford R., 2Lt - KIA
CP Cook, William K., 2Lt - KIA
B Forney, William A. “Bill”, 2Lt - KIA
E Carner, Donald E., Sgt - KIA
R Carson, Donald (NMI), Sgt - KIA