Capt. Jerry R. McDonald


(Dick Herbst via 55th FG Newsletter)

Capt. Jerry R. McDonald

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

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D ?

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List

Not Known

Air Scores

1-0-0

Ground Scores

1-0

Score Detail 24 December 1944  Me-109 destroyed (air) S/Coblenz
14 January 1945 
Me-262 destroyed (ground) Parchim
Notes 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.  He was from Texas.

Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

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