|Pilot 2nd Lt. Donald H. Garrison, O-746083 (MIA / KIA) WI
MIA September 22, 1943 at 12:50pm
Garrison flew his first combat mission on September 20, 1943, as the wing man for P-38H 42-66833 piloted by Simms. He was lost on his second combat mission. Earned the Air Medal and the Purple Heart (posthumously).
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 432nd Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engines V-1710-89 serial number 42-29678 and V-1710-91 serial number 42-93647. Weapon serial numbers noted in MACR.
Took off from North Borio Airfield (Dobodura No. 15) near Dobodura on a patrol over the Finschafen area. Weather was dark and overcast to the north and east. Garrison was flying in the number four position in "Clover Red" flight, behind Lt. Cloud.
Over the Finschafen area, attacked by eight to ten enemy aircraft. Diving from 20,000', Captain Daniel T. Roberts observed Garrison's right engine was smoking badly and he not respond over the radio and was never seen again.
Garrison was officially declared dead on December 19, 1945. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
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September 26, 2018