Donald Lee Jerue
S/Sgt 16086210 614th
1922 - 1943
Radio Operator onboard 42-37770 (Flak Rat)
Rhone American Cemetery - Draguignan
Plot : C , Row : 9 , Grave : 7
Donald was born 1922, ottawa, Kansas, later moved to Benton Harber, Michigan.
On Sept 22, 1942 he enlisted to the aircorps.
In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
His first and last mission, Dec 31, 1943 ,Target: Cognac, the plane was attacked by enemy fighters from
the rear and the plane went down.
Unfortunately Donald didn't survived this.
He was awarded with a Purple Heart Medal
In 1943, when Donald died on the age of 21 he left behind his family :
His father, Lawrence C Jerue, age 44
His mother Gladys Jerue, age 40
His sister, Thelma C Jerue, age 19
His sister, Betty M Jerue, age 17
The News-Palladium, Benton Harbor, Michigan,
January 12, 1943
Individual casualty questionaire
Told by 2nd LT Lucas Harry Sprinker , Navigator.
- Name of crew member : Jerue , Donald Lee
- Rank : S/Sgt.
- Serial number : 16086210
- Position : Radio Operator
- Did he bail out ? : I believe he did.
- Where ? : Near Belin , France.
- Last contact just prior to loss of plane ? : Last contact was an oxygen check , ten minutes before attack.
- Was he injured ? : Unknown.
- Where was he last seen ? : During flight over England.
- Any explanation of his fate ? : Lt R.H. Timberlake heard something from a friend of Sgt. Jerue.
This man was also in prison camp. Exact information not recalled.
- Total number of missions of above crew member ? : One.
Picture of "Flak Rat" shot down by a Fw 190A
Crashed at Morceux, France
Memorial at Mezos, France
Mission to Cognac, crashed at Belin, France
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