P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "D"
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
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
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
He was downed by 20 mm
ground fire on the 54th mission and required
31 days to maneuver through enemy lines to
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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