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Archive Report: US Forces
1941 - 1945

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26.12.1944 No. 66th Fighter Squadron P47D 42-75825 2nd. Lt. Donald Glenn Herdrich

Operation: Dive Bombing and strafing mission

Date: 26th December 1944 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 66th Fighter Squadron 57th Fighter Group

Type: P47D Thunderbolt

Serial: 42-75825

Code: 84

Base: Grosseto, Italy

Location: near Prata, Italy

Pilot: 2nd Lt. Donald Glenn Herdrich 0-722206 USAAF Age 24. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Crashed into a Mountain near the town of Prata, Italy - no further information - are you able to assist?


Burial details:

2nd Lt. Donald Glenn Herdrich. Rock Island National Cemetery, Illinois, USA. Grave: E-326 - Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist further?

Researcher - Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered, August 2016, photographs Michel Beckers collection. Grave photograph courtesy Emily Bush.

Acknowledgments: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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