|Pilot 1st Lt. Allen M. Mac Donald, O-432001 (MIA / KIA) WA
MIA July 9, 1943
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 36th Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engine V-1710-35 serial number 41-35377.
On July 9, 1943 took off from Dobodura at 3:00pm with five P-39 from the 36th Fighter Squadron on a flight bound for Port Moresby. Bad weather was encountered about 70 miles south of Dobodura and the formation turned back.
When his flight passed through clouds, Mac Donald disappeared and was never seen again at roughly Lat 10.50S Long 147.45E. When he failed to return from the mission, Mac Donald was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Mac Donald was officially declared dead on July 10, 1944. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 15131
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Allan M. Mac Donald
The name of the pilot is also recorded as "Allan M. McDonald" and "Allan M. MacDonald". Althought his rank on the mission was recorded as being a 1st Lieutenant he was posthumously promoted to Captain.
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January 5, 2018