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Donald Herbert Falkingham



Units served with

  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force

    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 47th Bomb Group

    47th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 47th Bombardment Group (Light) on 20 November 1940, and activated on 15 January 1941. Operational squadrons of the group were: ...

  • 84th Bomb Squadron
  • (Headquarters) 47th Bomb Group

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Lexington, Illinois 13 December 1918
Lived in Rolla, Missouri 16 October 1940

807 State Street

Student at Missouri School of Mines

Assigned to the 47th BG Vesuvius Airfield, Italy February 1944
Died South Pasadena, Florida 17 June 2012

Falkingham, Donald Herbert, 93, oil company manager, formerly of Tulsa, died Tuesday in South Pasadena, Fla. Graveside service 10 a.m. Wednesday, Memorial Park Cemetery. Stanleys. (Tulsa World)
In his words, Donald H. Falkingham, age 93, transitioned to his new address on January 17, 2012. His most treasured accomplishments were his service to his country as a World War II Pilot and his career in the petroleum industry. Captain Falkingham flew forty-five combat missions. He earned The Distinguished Flying Cross for his courage and superior flying ability. After leaving military service, Donald returned to his career at Amoco. As General Manager, Amoco International Petroleum Company, he was responsible for all oil recovery and production processes worldwide outside the United States. After retiring in 1978, he continued his career as a consultant to the petroleum industry. In 1994, he was hired by McDermott International to open their new office in Romania.

Donald's life motto was to "Be Happy and Make Other People Happy." His friends, family, and extended family are testament to his lifelong commitment to fulfill his goal. He and his first wife, Mary Margaret Chalmers Dewitt, enjoyed a union of more than forty-six years. He adopted her two daughters Deanna Beth and Janis Kay, whom he raised as his very own. He married Joella Daily Hall in Marbella, Spain in 1998. Donald became a beloved stepfather and friend to Joella's adult children, Fred Daily, Debby Daily, Timothy Daily, and their families. Each day they created special memories with their blended, extended family.

Buried Tulsa, Oklahoma 22 June 2012

Memorial Park Cemetery
Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA


Date Contributor Update
24 January 2021 02:32:43 466thHistorian Changes to unit associations

"47th Bomb Group" - Turner Publishing, page 76

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2021 02:09:45 466thHistorian Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2021 02:05:58 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, events, unit associations and place associations

"47th Bomb Group" - Turner Publishing, page 76