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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