Capt. Jerry Ray McDonald

(Dick Herbst via 55th FG Newsletter)

Capt. Jerry Ray McDonald

338th FS - 08 July 1944 - 28 February 1945 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CL-?

Mission History

58 Missions

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
291 24 December 1944 Babenhausen
306 14 January 1945 Magdeburg
333 28 February 1945 Fighter Sweep - Munich Area
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Score Detail 24 December 1944  Me-109 destroyed (air) S/Coblenz
14 January 1945 
Me-262 destroyed (ground) Parchim
Notes 11 January 1924  - Born in Hill County, Texas
Educated in Austin, Texas
Home of Record - Coryell, Texas
10 March 1943 - Enlisted in the Army Air Corp
ASN - O-763261
08 July 1944 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
13 December 1944 - Awarded 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
02 February 1945 - Awarded 4th Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
16 February 1945 - Promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain
17 February 1945 - Awarded 5th Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
28 February 1945 - Killed in Action.
The mission was a fighter sweep in the vicinity of Munich, Germany.  Capt. McDonald spotted and was strafing a train near Landshut when he was caught in the enormous explosion of the train and crashed and killed instantly.  Capt. McDonald is buried at Lorraine American Military Cemetery and Memorial, St. Avold, France (Plot J, Row 23, Grave 7).
Memories On October 1st (1945), at Fort Worth Army Air Field, Mrs. John F. McDonald (Jerry's mother) was presented with the Air Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster for her son.

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