2/Lt. Donald J. Best


(Robert M. Littlefield)

2/Lt. Donald J. Best

38th FS - 23 March 1945 - 16 April 1945 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D 44-72409 "Little Lulu"

Mission History

11 missions

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
366 09 April 1945 Munich/Schleissheim Airfield
367 10 April 1945 Burg Airfield
369 16 April 1945 Salzburg
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed
Damaged
Score Detail 09 April 1945  (3)He-280 destroyed (ground) Munich-Brunnthal Landing Ground
10 April 1945  (2)He-111 destroyed (ground) Wesendorf
10 April 1945  Me-109 damaged (ground) Wesendorf
Notes ASN - O-516554
23 March 1945 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
16 April 1945 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 13941
Capt. John W. Kavanaugh reported: "I was leading Hellcat Purple Flight on 16 April and Lt. Best was flying the number 2 position. Some where near the Rhine River my number 3 and 4 man had to return home. A little north of Munich, Hellcat White number 3 and 4 had to go home also, so Lt. Best and I filled in their positions. About 1600 hours our squadron spotted a number of twin engine E/A parked on the edge of an autobahn right on the edge of Brunnthal Airdrome. The squadron set up a pattern on these planes and made a number of passes on them. We were getting some flak but it was very light. During the above action I heard Lt. Best say that he had been hit and was going to have to bail out. I pulled up and looked around but could not locate him. Our group leader told Best to head for friendly territory and to stay with the plane as long as he could.  Lt. Best said he would.  That was the last that was heard of him."

Capt. Donald M. Cummings said that he heard Best two different times say that he was going to bail out.  Lt. Best was flying his plane, "Little Lulu".  He is buried at Lorraine American Military Cemetery and Memorial, St. Avold, Moselle, France.  He was from Indiana.
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

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