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Don Richard Ostrander

Military

General Ostrander was born in Stockbridge MI, attended local schools and studied engineering at Western State College, MI. He entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in June 1933 and graduated in 1937.
From April 1938 until December 1939 he served as a troop commander in the cavalry at Fort Bliss, Texas. In 1939 he was detailed to the Ordnance Department and served in various positions in the Aviation Ordnance Field at Langley Field, Va., Baer Field, Ind., Selfridge Field, Mich., Florence, S.C. and Charleston, S.C.
In May 1942 he was transferred to England where he became the ordnance and armament officer, Eighth Air Force Interceptor Command. During this tour General Ostrander helped modify the P-38 airplane to accommodate a bombardier with the Norden bombsight. He served as bombardier on the initial test missions of this aircraft over Europe.

In July 1944 the general returned to the United States and went on to have an outstanding post war career finally being promoted to Major General and retiring in Oct 1965.

Service

People

  • Cass Hough

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Deputy Commander
    Col Hough helped extend the range of fighter aircraft over the continent. He was responsible for the technical superiority of the 8th AAF. He helped to develop the auxilliary drop tanks to add to fighter aircraft which enabled them to go to the target...

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. ...

  • Headquarters (8th Air Force)

    Headquarters (8th Air Force)


    8th Air Force Headquarters opened in London under the command of General Carl A Spaatz on 19 June 1942. It oversaw all Commands, Wings and Groups engaged in the Strategic Bombing Campaign until February 1944, when it became US Strategic Air Forces in...

Aircraft

  • 42-68184

    P-38 Lightning
    Built as a P-38J by Lockheed, field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration as the first full prototype of type. Trials A/C, later used operationaly as well. Led formations of 20th and 44th FG P-38's on bombing raid 10-4-44. ...

  • 42-104075 'Droop Snoot'

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38J Lightning field modified to 'Droop Snoot' * configuration and retained by Operational Engineering. ...

  • 42-67086

    P-38 Lightning
    Built as a P-38H at Lockheed, field modified at Langford Lodge to a prototype 'Droop Snoot*' configuration. P-38H 42-67086 was modified by removal of the armament section in the nose, including the gun port nose cap. In it’s place, was a solid wood...

Associated Place

  • Langford Lodge

    Military site : airfield
    Planned to be a Satellite Landing Ground for No. 23 Maintenance Unit at RAF Aldergrove, Langford Lodge was selected in October 1941 to be developed as an air deport for the maintenance and repair of USAAF aircraft. A scheme was devised whereby the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Stockbridge, MI 49285, USA 24 September 1914
Transferred ETO England, UK May 1942 – July 1944

Transferred to England where he became the ordnance and armament officer, Eighth Air Force Interceptor Command.

Droop Snoot Co-Champion March 1943 – July 1944

General Ostrander helped modify the P-38 airplane to accommodate a bombardier with the Norden bombsight. Configuration later became known as the Droop Snoot.

Bombardier Droop Snoot Florennes, Belgium 10 April 1944

Served as bombardier in Droop Snoot 42-68184 on the initial test missions of this aircraft over Europe. 1st on 10-4-44.

Retired 16 October 1965
Died 26 October 1972
Buried November 1972

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Arlington County
Virginia, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 January 2016 15:53:04 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/106005/m...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Ostrander&GSfn=Don...
https://www.fold3.com/image/312803117/?terms=Don%20R%20Ostrander

Date Contributor Update
05 January 2016 15:51:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/106005/m...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Ostrander&GSfn=Don...
https://www.fold3.com/image/312803117/?terms=Don%20R%20Ostrander

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