P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "D"
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Edward J. DiMarzo My first experience with the "Jug" was at R.T.U. Camp Springs AAB. Md. Received gunnery training in Millville, N.J. and then to Camp Kilmer and the USS Lejeune to Southampton, England. From there to Stone and then Paris. I was assigned to the 371st Ftr. Grp. at Y-l Tantonville, France and became a member of the 404th Sqdn.

Learned to love the ruggedness and fire power of the P-47 while flying 59 combat missions, mostly close support. On my fifth mission I received a probable kill of a FW-190.

Robert E. (Gunga) Dinn Attended St. Meinrad Seminary, Notre Dame University. In December 1941 entered Army as dogfoot shipped out to Camp Roberts, Calif. in March headed to Ft. Benning, Ga. came out of OCS 37 as shavetail in June.

Helped activate the 102nd Inf. Div. at Camp Maxey in Texas. In 1943 headed into the wild blue yonder. Chickasha, Okla., Coffeyville, Kans., Eagle Pass, Texas. Held breath for nine months finally got wings with 44C.

Ted R. Dobrick Ted flew P-40's in transition training prior to being assigned to P-47's for operational training in Oxford, England. Ted was then assigned to the 36th Fighter Group, 23rd Fighter Squadron which he joined at Strip A-16 in France.

He was shot down by "flak," (20 mm AA) on his 6th mission over Nancy, France, "bellied his P-47 in" and returned to his outfit to fly on to 95 missions of dive bombing - strafing tanks, artillery, trains, bridges and supply lines, by VE Day.

Wayne S. Dodds Mid 1944, Dodds transferred to Mediterranean Theater and assigned to the 57th Fighter Group, 66th Fighter Squadron. The 57th was committed to "Operation Strangle," cutting off of supplies to enemy forces in Italy. He flew 105 missions through VE Day destroying supply routes, ammunition depots, bridges, railroads, tunnels, close support attacks on tanks and artillery.

He was downed by 20 mm ground fire on the 54th mission and required 31 days to maneuver through enemy lines to friendly territory.

Daniel A. Donovan DANIEL A. DONOVAN, born on 10 October 1920 into a shoe manufacturing family in Lynn, Mass. and, after a time at Northeastern University in Boston, entered the 3rd U.S. Cavalry Regiment at Ft. Myer, VA in 1940 moving quickly to 1st Sgt. of the veterinary section.

When the horses were exchanged for jeeps, he exchanged his for an airplane and graduated in class 43-1 at Moore Field, Texas. He was married on that day to Helen Lucas of Peabody, Mass.

Walter T. Donovan The 405th suffered the very last loss of the war. On May 8th, 1945, the day the war ended, during an extremely low altitude demonstration flight over a P.O.W. camp, one of its planes crashed in Lake Traun. One of the last hostile acts by American forces in World War II took place over the air base at Kitzingen, Germany. Just before dusk, on the same date, a German aircraft buzzed the tower seeking emergency landing procedures. The celebrants on the ground, not understanding this action by an enemy aircraft, opened fire with every weapon available from side arms to anti-aircraft. It was only after a miraculous landing that the hostiles learned that the pilot was their own Walter T. Donovan bringing in his trophy of World War II.
George J. Dorval Fretful the war would be over before he saw action proved needless The 57th's pilots were mightily engaged in Italy cutting enemy supply lines, attacking bridges, railroads, trucks, and fortifications stalling U.S. ground forces. An intermission "rest leave" for Dorval included ferrying P-47's across N. Africa and over to Italy involving work with play.

Pre-dawn darkness and radio problems invasion day of S. France, found Dorval flying a solo mission. Not knowing a scattered squadron had returned piecemeal to base and hoping to overtake someone, he went on alone and destroyed the coastal artillery target.

Ken W. Dougherty Flew on the first combat mission flown by P-47 on April 17, 1943. Participated in the first bomber escort mission, first escort mission over Germany, first P-47 dive bombing mission.

His 84th and last combat mission was the first daylight bombing raid on Berlin. Credited with 3 ME-109s destroyed and one ME-109 probably destroyed.

Glenn A. Dow Transferred to 346th Fighter Squadron, 350th Fighter Group, 12thAir Force, Pisa, Italy in January 1945 where his twin brother, Major Hugh D. Dow was C.O., 347th Fighter Squadron.

The 350th was committed to cutting off supplies from Germany to Italy through the Brenner Pass. He flew 51 missions in the P-47D through VE Day, destroying supply routes, ammunition depots, bridges, railroads and motorized transport, close support attacks with the 5th Army on tanks and artillery using 500# bombs, rockets, fire bombs and 8.50 cal. machine guns.

Hugh D. Dow I had flown 247 missions (about half offensive/half defensive) had been "holed" on 15 sorties, destroyed a stack of men and machines, and scored a couple of ME-I09 kills, but the only significant statistic for me was that I had survived. It is difficult to comprehend the magnitude of the fury, some 35 years removed from the battles, but my records indicate that almost one or every three pilots who entered combat with the 350th ended up on a casualty list: KIA, Killed, Wounded, POW or behind the lines Evader.
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