Donalson, I. B. Jack, Col

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Last Rank
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Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 1065, 328th Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1941 - 1968
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Contact Info
Home Town
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Last Address
San Antonio, Texas

Date of Passing
Sep 24, 2006
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 47 Site 143

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Air Force Retired AAFTTC Instructor

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American Fighter Aces Association
  2015, American Fighter Aces Association

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was raised with the initials I. B. and only learned in his later years that they stood for Israel Bartholomew.
He shot down 5 enemy aircraft in the Pacific Theater in WWII.
"During the attack on Clark Airfield on December 8, 1942, Second Lieutenant Donalson was one of the few pilots to become airborne, and subsequently scored TWO victories. He scored a total 5 aerial victories during World War II to become an ACE. Ironically, it was for actions in command of a BOAT that he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross--a unique (volunteer) assignment for a fighter pilot."

His DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Air Corps), (then Second Lieutenant) I. B. Jack Donalson (ASN: 0-424927), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 21st Pursuit Squadron, 5th Interceptor Command, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on Bataan Peninsula, Philippine Islands, in February 1942. When the remnants of an enemy landing party, numbering approximately seventy-five men, firmly entrenched along the shore under a cliff on the western coast of Bataan, were able to repulse with heavy losses all overland attempts to dislodge them, volunteers were called for to undertake an attack from the sea in two small boats. Lieutenant Donalson volunteered, commanded one of the boats, and in spite of heavy fire from the defenders and bombing, during the course of the attack, by nine enemy dive-bombers, succeeded in neutralizing the enemy position, thereby preventing further losses to our forces. First Lieutenant Donalson's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 19 (August 7, 1942)

Action Date: Feb-42

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 21st Pursuit Squadron

Regiment: 5th Interceptor Command

Division: Far East Air Force

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Great photos of P-40 operations in Australia:

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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School21st Pursuit Squadron, InterceptorUS Air Force487th Fighter Squadron
328th Fighter Squadron
  1941-1941, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1055, 21st Pursuit Squadron, Interceptor
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1055, 24th Pursuit Group, Interceptor
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1055, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 487th Fighter Squadron
  1942-1944, 352nd Fighter Group
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1065, 328th Fighter Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1941-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/East Indies Campaign (1942)
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Papua Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
University of TulsaAir Command and Staff College
  1937-1940, University of Tulsa
  1955-1956, Air Command and Staff College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-36 Hawk  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-35 Seversky  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  
P-51/F-51 Mustang  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  F-86 Sabre  
  1941-1941, P-36 Hawk
  1941-1942, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk2
  1941-1942, P-35 Seversky
  1942-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1944-1944, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1948-1949, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1956-1958, F-86 Sabre
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