New England Air Museum
Donald E. Griffith

 

Recent Address:

Columbus Grove, OH

Email:

 

Family Information:

Parents: Morgan and Emma; Wife: Ruth; Children: Daniel, Greg, Pam, Cindy; Paulette

Hometown:

Vaughnsville, OH

Date Entered Service:

January 28, 1943

Service Number:

35544473

Bomb Group:

468th

Squadron:

792nd

Location of Unit:

Salina, KS

Missions Flown:

20

Hump Missions Flown:

 

Targets:

 

Awards/Decorations:

Purple Heart among others

Service Schools Attended:

 

Military Specialty(ies):

Radio Operator and Gunner

Rank Upon Discharge:

Staff Sergeant

Crew Type:

Flight

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

Member of Archie Lewis' crew - original crew #11; also flew with Harris Clark

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

 

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

He retired from Westinghouse Electric Corp., Lima, after 43 years.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

In August 1944 he bailed out over China after the plane caught fire, and was missing in action for six weeks. He received the Purple Heart after a crash landing at Iwo Jima on a mission coming back from Kobe, Japan, in June 1945.

Comments:

Mr. Griffith passed away October 5th 2009 and is buried at St. Anthony Catholic Church Cemetery, Columbus Grove, OH.

 


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