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Donald C Armstrong Jr


Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.
Transferred to 5th ERS.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



  • William Stovall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron
  • 62nd Fighter Squadron


  • 44-21230

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Republic P-47M-1-RE, serial number 44-21230, coded LM-A for the 62nd Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group. ...

  • 42-28851

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Donald C Armstrong Jr.

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...


Event Location Date
Born Tipton, IA 52772, USA 13 August 1920

Son of Donald Clement & Etta Beatrice [Willey] Armstrong.

Enlisted Des Moines, IA, USA 17 September 1942
Promotion Boxted, Colchester, UK 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Assigned Boxted, Colchester, UK 26 October 1944 – March 1945

Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Blue on Blue Quakenbrück, Germany 31 December 1944

Whilst in a bounce on 4 Fw190's opened fire on E/A, just as P-47D 44-19792 flew across him. 2nd Lt William H Stovall KIA.

Transferred Halesworth IP19, UK March 1945
Crashed Tifton, GA, USA 1 April 1952

Landing Accident Ground Loop Tifton Aux Field, Tifton, GA Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Donald C Armstrong Jr, 1-Apr-52.

T-6G 49-3367 - 3302FTSq

Crashed Langley AFB, Hampton, VA, USA 24 August 1954

Landing Accident Langley AFB Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Donald C Armstrong Jr, 24-Aug-54.

F-84F 52-6526A - 509FBS 405FBW

Buried Tipton, IA 52772, USA December 2008

Masonic Cemetery
Cedar County
Iowa, USA

Died Tipton, IA 52772, USA 17 December 2008


Date Contributor Update
07 September 2016 16:40:55 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2016 11:12:19 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:25 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list /