Hurlburt, Donald Wilson, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 1st Proving Ground Electronic Test Unit, Air Proving Ground Center Test Operations
Service Years
1941 - 1943
First Lieutenant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Chautauqua, NY
Last Address
Eglin Field Military Reservation, Florida

Date of Passing
Oct 01, 1943
 
Location of Interment
Panama Union Cemetery - Panama, New York
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Not Specified

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Last Known Activity
1st Lt. Donald Hurlburt flew the B-17 Flying Fortress in Europe from 1942 to 1943. CMSGT Don Skinner provided the following information on one his missions: "In October 1942 he was sent to England where he flew B-17s as co-pilot on George J. Oxrider's crew, with the 358th BS based at Molesworth. He flew 17 credited missions with Oxrider and 8 with Lt. Robert L. Conner, achieving his 25 mission quota on June 22, 1943. In January 1943, on a mission to Lorient, France, he flew as co-pilot with Oxrider in B-17 #41-24606 "Werewolf." Flak over the target disabled an engine, and the bomber dropped out of formation. On the way home, the aircraft was attacked by German fighters, and two engines caught fire. Oxrider managed to douse the flames, but just as they approached the English coast near Dawish, all but one engine quit.
On orders from Oxrider, the crew baled out, and Oxrider then crash-landed the aircraft in a muddy field near a school. The crew was all recovered with no injuries."
A photo of the Oxrider crew is available on this profile.

After returning to the U.S. he spent a couple of months with Headquarters 1st Air Force at Mitchel Field, New York. His final duty was with the 1st Proving Ground Electronics Test Unit at then Eglin Field Military Reservation in the Florida Panhandle (Okaloosa County, Florida). He was killed from injuries sustained when his AT-18 Hudson gunnery trainer crashed during takeoff on October 1, 1943. Hurlburt Field, now home of the Air Force Special Opeations Command (AFSOC), is named in his honor.

 
   
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 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight School303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy358th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy1st Air Force
Air Proving Ground Center
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1054, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1054, 358th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1943, 1st Air Force
  1943-1943, 1st Proving Ground Electronic Test Unit, Air Proving Ground Center Test Operations
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 World War II4
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B-17 Flying Fortress  AT-18 Hudson  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1943-1943, AT-18 Hudson
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