S/Sgt. Donald Roy Hemphill

(Don Hemphill via Marilyn Hladky)

S/Sgt. Donald Roy Hemphill

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Born on 28th August 1920
Passed away on 01st June 2008
Army Serial Number = 37124554
Entered Air Force in 1942 and was sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas first and then to Jefferson Barracks by St. Louis for 3-4 months. The Air Force then sent him to Lincoln Aeronautics in Lincoln, Nebraska, for aircraft mechanics for 9 months. After that he went to Burbank, Ca for 3 months where he trained at Lockheed specializing in the P38.
After training he was sent to Everett, WA where he was assigned to the 55th Fighter Group, 38th Squadron. He worked on P38s and then was placed in charge of the crew of the BTB and AT9 trainer planes.
In the spring of 1943 Don left by troop train through Canada to Camp Killmer, New Jersey where he boarded a troop ship to go overseas. Eleven days later they docked in Glasgow, Scotland. From there Don went on to the base at Nuthampstead, England for 4 months to work on P38s. After that he moved to the base at Wormingford, England to work on P51s. Don stayed at Wormingford for 2 years until the end of the war in 1945.
After that war Don was sent to Kaubeuren, Germany where he waited for 2 months to be discharged.  He finally flew back to Scotland, from Germany, to take a train to Southampton, England, where he boarded the British ship Aquatainia on the 10th October 1945.
14 October 1943 - Authorised to Start and Warm-up Aircraft Engines
13th October 1945 - Arrived in New York harbour

Memories Don Hemphill's Obituary

'Donald Roy Hemphill was born in Utica, Nebraska on August 28, 1920 to Roy J. and Jessie Ellen (Pickering) Hemphill and passed away on June 1, 2008 in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 87 years, 9 months, 4 days. Don was baptized at the Methodist Church in Utica and was a 1938 graduate of Utica High School. After graduation he attended welding school in Omaha and helped his father operate the theater in Utica. He was a member of the National Guard at York and joined the 8th Air Force in 1942 and served as crew chief in the 38th fighter squadron stationed in England during World War II. After his discharge, he returned to Seward County. On October 25, 1945, Don was united in marriage to Norma Jean Pierce; their marriage was blessed with four daughters, Kathleen, Julie, Marilyn and Jane. Don and Norma lived in Hastings, Lincoln and Fort Worth, Texas before moving to Seward in 1950. Don was the owner of Hemphill Electric in Seward for 58 years. He was a member of the Utica United Methodist Church, Utica American Legion Post No. 49 and a lifetime member of Seward VFW Post No. 4755.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Jessie Hemphill; his daughter, Julie Hemphill; brothers, Dorwin Hemphill and Dale and his wife, Deloris Hemphill; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lucille and Ed Widawski. Don is survived by his wife, Norma Hemphill, Seward; their daughters, Kathleen Craig and Chuck Antell, Harleysville, PA; Marilyn and her husband, Ed Hladky, Seward; Jane and her husband, Ray Kenney, Seward; grandchildren and spouses, Melissa and Chris Perrotto, Marcus and Amy Smith, Sarah Smith, Amy and Gene Gryder, Gail and Shawn Howe, Christopher and Amanda Kenney, Joshua and Sadie Kenney; eight great-grandchildren, Gabrielle Perrotto, Alexandra Perrotto, Jensen Smith, Brock Smith, Nicholas Gryder, Audrey Howe, Grace Howe, Nicole Kenney and a host of friends.'

Additional Photos S/Sgt. Donald R. Hemphill at Wormingford (Don Hemphill via Marilyn Hladky)

Don Hemphill at the 55th Fighter Group Memorial dedication, Wormingford, 2006. (Don Hemphill via Marilyn Hladky)

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