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|Pilot 1st Lt. Allan 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 Air Force (USAAF) as P-39D-1-BE Aircacobra serial number 41-38340. 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 earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. Mac Donald is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
The name of the pilot is recorded as "Allan M. McDonald" and "Allan M. MacDonald". Although his rank on the mission was recorded as being a 1st Lieutenant he was posthumously promoted to Captain. Also his first name is spelled "Allen" in some sources.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-39D-1-BE Airacobra 41-38340
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 15131 created retroactively circa 1945 or 1946.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Allan M. Mac Donald
FindAGrave - Capt Allan M Mac Donald (tablets of the missing photo)
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