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World War II 1
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Army 1
Birth:
1915 1
Missouri 1
Death:
1942 2
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Person:
Donald V Urquhart 1
Level of Education: 4 years of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1915 1
Missouri 1
Death:
1942 2
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Place: Missouri 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Service End Date:
13 Sep 1942 3
Enlistment Date:
16 Dec 1941 1
Army Branch:
Air Corps 1
Army Serial Number:
17034336 1
Enlistment Place:
Jefferson Barracks Missouri 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
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Civil Life 1
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Clerks, general office 1
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Box Number: 0242 1
Film Reel Number: 2.99 1

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Lt Donald V Urquhart, WWII Training Acct, 1942

South Carolina

Donald Urquhart in 1932, high school yearbook photo

321st Bomb Group Personell;  Donald V Urquhart;  309thBG Combat Training, USA 28 August 1942

Training Acct. in South Carolina 28 August, 1942, Lt arrived dead on arrival.  Donald was 27 years, 7 months and 21 days old.

Donald was a friend and was training with Lt Jim Bugbee who sent us this picture, Capt. Bugbee remembered his friend. Donald was one of the Original Cadre' in the 447th Bomb Squadron of the 321st Bomb Group, he was however, training in a B-24 that day.  While there are tragedies in ALL wars, these are so difficult as our boys learned the mechanics of war from a stand-point of "every concept was NEW" to them.  God Bless our brave men.  Barbi Ennis Connolly

 

321stBG,447thBS, Lt Donald V Urquhart, Pilot, died in Training Acct. Columbia, S.C.

447th's 2Lt. Donald V. Urquhart, Pilot...... 321st BG, 447th BS, WAR_Diary;

447th Bombardment Squadron Special Account: August 28, 1942: This date we had our first and only casualties of the training period. Going along as co-pilots with a 309th Bombardment Group plane and pilot, Lts. Urquhart and Vangsness were killed instantly when their plane crashed one quarter mile from the runway at 5:30 in the morning. Fog had a great deal to do with the accident.
Urquhart, Dan, 2Lt, 447th BS Vangsness, 2Lt, 447th BS

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Urquhart, Donald V., 2Lt, pilot

(NARA - 17034336 URQUHART#DONALD#V#

MISSOURI ST LOUIS CITY

JEFFERSON BARRACKS MISSOURI 41)

Barbi Ennis Connolly, 321st BG Historian PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com 

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Lt Don Urquhart, DNB TRaining Acct. Columbia AAB, 1942

Don;  

Birth:  Jan. 23, 1915
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA Death:  Sep. 13, 1942
Columbia
Richland County
South Carolina, USA
447th Bomber Squadron, 321st Bomber Group
Enlisted: December 16, 1941
Died Non-Battle, Air Crash: September 13, 1942
Columbia Army Air Base, Fort Jackson, SC
 

Donald V. Urquhart ~Killed In Service~ 13 September 1942

13 September 1942
B-25B; Serial#: 40-2239; 378BS; 309BG
Home Base: Columbia AAB, SC;
KSSPCR = KSSP Killed, Stall/SPin Crash
Pilot: Sparks, Francis W
Location of Crash: 2 mi E of Columbia AAB, SC

THE CREW:
Pilot: 2Lt. Francis W. Sparks; Columbia, SC
2Lt. Donald V. Urquhart, St. Louis, MO
2Lt. Martin O. Vangsness, Carpio, ND
2Lt. James Francis Attridge, Jr, Salem, MA
Sgt. Leon O. Gallie, Ingomar, PA
SSgt. Charles O. Frame, Richwood, WV
Pvt. Roland G. Braun, Beaver Dam, WI

Lt. Urquhart and Lt. Vangsness were aboard this B-25, for a training mission, but were assigned to the 321st Bomb Group; 447th Bomb Squadron; which was also based at the Columbia Army Air Field, SC.

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447th Bombardment Squadron Special Account: August 28, 1942 (Actually occurred on 13 Sep 42, according to the Death Certificates): This date we had our first and only casualties of the training period. Going along as co-pilots with a 309th Bombardment Group plane and pilot, Lts. Urquhart and Vangsness were killed instantly when their plane crashed one quarter mile from the runway at 5:30 in the morning. Fog had a great deal to do with the accident.

309th BG A/C B-25B; Serial No. 40-2239
crashed 13 Sep 42 - entire crew killed.
P Attridge, James F., Jr., 1Lt, 309th BG
CP Urquhart, Donald V., 2Lt, 447th BS
CP Vangsness, Martin O., 2Lt, 447th BS
N Sparks, Francis W., 2Lt, 309th BG
E Braun, Roland G., Pvt, 309th BG
R Frame, Charles O., Sgt, 309th BG
G Gallie, Leon O., Pvt, 309th BG
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The Kane Republican
Kane, Pennsylvania
Wednesday, 16 September 1942

Services for 2nd Lieut. Donald V. Urquhart, a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, who was killed in a crash of a bomber at an army air base at Columbia, SC, Sunday Morning, will be held from Trinity Methodist Church in Ridgway Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. Rev. Bruce L. Middaugh, the Pastor, will officiate. Burial in the American Legion Plot in Thayer Memorial Cemetery.

The body will arrive in Ridgway this afternoon and will be taken to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Urquhart, 321 Allenhurst Avenue, where it will remain until 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, when it will be taken to the Methodist Church to lie in state until the time of the funeral. Ledden-Young Post American Legion will accord Military Honors at the grave.

Lieut. Urquhart was aboard a U.S. Bomber which crashed a mile from the Columbia Air Base Sunday, claiming the lives of seven fliers, including the Pilot, 2nd Lieut. Francis sparks, of Columbia (SC).

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Thayer Cemetery
Ridgway, Elk County, Pennsylvania
USA

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NOTE: Newspaper Accounts and the Aviation Archaeology Accident Report lists the Pilot as 2nd Lt. Francis W. Sparks

ALSO: Lt. Urquhart's SC Death Cert lists his place of Burial as Ridgway, PA

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