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USAAF
5th AF
HQ Squadron

Pilot ┬áMajor William F. McDonough, 35th FG, HQ Squadron (KIA, BR)
Crashed  April 22, 1944
MACR  none

Pilot History
1st William F. McDonough was assigned to the 40th Fighter Squadron. He was assigned P-39K Airacobra 42-4358.

On February 6, 1943 McDonough claimed two victories over Wau, possibly flying P-39K 42-4358. As a major, he was assigned to the 35th Fighter Group, Headquarters Squadron. On February 15, 1944 he claimed two victories. On March 4, 1944 he claimed his final victory.

Aircraft History
Built by Republic. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 35th Fighter Group, Headquarters Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On April 22, 1944 took off from Port Moresby. Bailed out and his parachute failed to open.

Memorials
Officially declared dead the day of the mission. Buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at plot A, grave 60.

References
P-39 Airacobra Units of World War 2 page 36 "McDonough died at Port Moresby on 22 April 1944 when he bailed out of a Thunderbolt and his parachute failed."
FindAGrave - Maj William F McDonough (grave photo)
USAF Aerial Victory Credits - William F. McDonough

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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