Bryan, Donald Septimus, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1961-1964, United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
Service Years
1942 - 1964
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Contact Info
Home Town
Paicines, California
Last Address
Adel, Georgia

Date of Passing
May 15, 2012
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was credited with shooting down 13.33 enemy aircraft and damaging 4 in WWII.
His remains are in the Christ Episcopal Church Urn Garden, Valdosta, GA.

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 Captain (Air Corps) Donald S. Bryan (ASN: 0-727398), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 328th Fighter Squadron, 352d Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, during a bomber escort mission over Germany, on 2 November 1944. On this date, Captain Bryan was leading his flight in escort to our heavy bombers when he observed a formation of approximately fifty enemy aircraft coming in to attack the bombers. Captain Bryan led his flight into the center of the attacking formation of enemy aircraft where he closed on one and hit it several times. He was now alone and in the midst of many enemy aircraft who were unusually aggressive and attacking vigorously. Captain Bryan made a pass from astern at eight ME-109s and shot two down in flames and damaged another. He continued to fight with the enemy, being simultaneously attacked himself. He finally destroyed five enemy aircraft and damaged two others, having engaged the last enemy with but a single gun operating. His courage and outstanding aggressiveness in the presence of great danger were exemplary of the highest traditions of the Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 87 (November 2, 1944)

Action Date: 2-Nov-44

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 328th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 352d Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

Other Comments:
TV show: "Dogfights", "P-51 Mustang" episode

Book: "Aces Against Germany", Eric Hammel, Pocket Books, 1993, pp 324-28.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)US Air Force20th Fighter Group328th Fighter Squadron
US Air Force308th Air Base SquadronAir Base UnitsAir Training Command
Air Command and Staff College (Student) Air Defense Command (ADC)United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 770, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 79th Fighter Squadron, Twin Engine
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 20th Fighter Group
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 328th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 352nd Fighter Group
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 328th Fighter Squadron
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 352nd Fighter Group
  1945-1945, 0011, 342nd Army Air Force Base Unit
  1946-1947, 308th Air Base Squadron
  1947-1951, 00X, 3831st Air Base Group
  1951-1954, Air Training Command
  1954-1955, Air Command and Staff College (Student)
  1955-1961, 1021A, Air Defense Command (ADC)
  1961-1964, United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 Colleges Attended 
Air Command and Staff College
  1954-1955, Air Command and Staff College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
PT-17 Kaydet  P-39 Airacobra  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  
P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-86 Sabre  
  1942-1942, PT-17 Kaydet
  1942-1943, P-39 Airacobra
  1942-1943, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)1
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang1
  1955-1958, F-86 Sabre
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