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Aiken, Donal C.

Rank and Name, Sergeant Donal C. Aiken.

Unit/placed in, 672th Bomber Squadron, 444th Bomber Group (Very Heavy).

 

Donal was born in  1922 in  Montana.

 

Father, Arthur B. Aiken.

Mother, Ida Aiken.

Sister, Carol R. Aiken.  

 

Donal entered  the Service from Tacoma, Washington in Dec. 5, 1942 with service number # 19193152.

 

Donal’s crew members and their position on-board the plane a B-29 were;

 

Capt. James L. Schleicher Pilot

1st Lt. Robert H. O’Shea Co Pilot

F/O. Chester L. Rinke Flight Engineer

2nd Lt. Walter B. Miklosh Navigator

2nd Lt. John M. Cumming Bombardier

M/Sgt. Warren E. Tienan Right Waist Gunner

T/Sgt. John M. Larkins Radar Observer

S/Sgt. George F. Chesboro Left Waist Gunner

Sgt. Donal C. Aiken Central Fire Control

Sgt. Chester A. Jennings Radio

Sgt. Ralph H. Groff Jr. Tail Gunner

 

Donal died  on the flight from China to India and when the crashed north of Calcutta, on June 26, 1944, he is honored with a Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

 

Donal is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial  Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Wall of the missing.

 

Thanks to Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC,  https://abmc.gov Info P.O.W.

Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider: http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html

NavyLog, http://navylog.navymemorial.org Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, Sean Conjenos, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Familysearch.com, https://www.familysearch.org Navy Marines Info Geoffrey Roecker, https://missingmarines.com/ Medals Info, http://www.honorstates.org Website, https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/

678th Bomber Squadron
444th Bomber Group
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Airfield Charra, China
Nose-art their Plane
His rank Sergeant