New England Air Museum
Neal Richard Donovan, Sr


Recent Address:

1013 Edisto Avenue, Aiken, SC 29801



Family Information:

Parents: Neal and Mildred; Wife: Lessie; Children: Neal, Jr., Timothy, Patricia, Pamela, Nancy, Janet, Kathy, Carol; Stepchildren: John, Jimmy, Dolly


Utica, NY

Date Entered Service:

December 7, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Kansas (Early 1943)

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:





Air Offensive Japan, China Campaign, Eastern Mandates, Central Burma Campaign, India-Burma Campaign, Palembang, Sumatra Air Offensive, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic- Pacific Campaign Medal with 6 Bronze Stars, Overseas Service (3), WWII Victory Medal

Service Schools Attended:

AAF Tech Supply, Chillicothe Feb 1943?

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 826-Army Air Forces Supply Technician

Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Ground crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:


Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

November 3, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

March 46 -- Rome Air Depot, Specialized Dept. July 1947 -- West To Washington State with G.E. at Hanford Atomic Plant; Feb. 1952 -- To Delaware with E. I. Dupont -- transferred to Aiken, SC at the Savannah River Atomic Plant; 12/84 -- Retired as Senior Supervisor

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

As an 18 year old, it was growing up time. I never stopped to realize what we really did until reading some of our history. I was one of twelve to first arrive at A-7 as guest of the Chinese government. I was responsible for setting up aircraft supply. Was proud of the fact we never had a plane abort from lack of parts. Left A-7 in November for India Base. February 1945 we left for Tinian with a great 6-day stay in Melbourne. In April we hit Tinian, slept on the ground, posted guards and tried to sleep. Left Tinian in October '45 with the 444th. They happened to have room. The 58th taught me many things. Was proud to be a small part of history.


Wish I had some photos. Lost everything in '45 typhoon.

Mr. Donovan passed away August 1st 2005 and is buried at Sunset Memory Gardens, Graniteville, SC.


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