New England Air Museum
Donald C. Black
Don Black, WWII
Don Black, WWII
Recent Address:

19706 Greenside Terrace, Montgomery Village, MD 20886


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Family Information:

Parents: Donald Sr. and Lillie; Wife: Elizabeth; Children: Bruce, Michael


Detroit, MI

Date Entered Service:

September 17, 1943

Service Number:


Bomb Group:



676th and 677th

Location of Unit:

Great Bend, KS (October, 1943)

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:





Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star, Central Burma Campaign, China-Burma-India Campaign, Western Pacific Campaign, WWII Victory Medal, Armed Forces Reserve, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Commendation Medal

Service Schools Attended:

Boeing B-29 Flight Engineer Jun 1943; Boeing - Jet Performance May 1955; Mather AFB-Navigator Dec 1958

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1028-Aircraft Observer, Flight Engineer (VHB), KC135 Navigator (13152)

Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-63378 Fubar, 42-24485 Lady Marge

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

July, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

January, 1946

Post-WWII Military Service:

Recalled in Nov 1950 and remained in service until retirement in Sep 1978. (Dec. 1950-Chanute-Student;
May 1951-Castle AFB-329 Bomb Sqdn.;
July 1952-Okinawa-19th Bomb Wing;
Oct. 1956-Offutt AFB-SAC/Ops Plan;
Jan. 1958-Mather AFB-Nav. Training;
Jan 1959-Ramey AFB 915 AREF Sqdn.;
Sept. 1961-Pentagon Spec. Acty.;
April 1966-Lockheed, Ontario Det Cmdr.;
Jun 1968-Pentagon;
August 1973-Rhein Maine AFPCS Det Cmdr.;
Jun 1976 Walker AFB IG;
Sept 1978-Retired)

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Ten years as Property Mgr. & General Manager of Montgomery Village Foundation (a community of 3,000 residential homes). Retired in 1978.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

It was my contribution to my country during a period of struggle against an aggressor. No regrets for my participation!


Colonel Black passed away August 3, 2004 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Alexandria, VA


Don Black, C. 2002


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