Brundage, Donald E., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 748, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
Ceginola, Italy

Casualty Date
Jan 11, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 79, Site 434-436

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Flight Engineer Badge
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 748, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 748, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 748, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Donald E. Brundage was born in New York in 1922. His parents were Herbert and Helen M. Brundage. The US Census 1930 has the family in Wellsville, while the US census 1940 shows them living in Bolivar.

Brundage enlisted in Buffalo, New York on September 30, 1942. His enlistment papers show he had completed 4 years of high school,and was working as a mechanic or repairman.

He was selected for flight duty, and trained as both a flight engineer and as an aerial gunner. He was then assigned to North Africa where he flew combat missions . On January 11, 1944, he was assigned to fly a mission against the harbor facilities located at Piraeus, Greece.

En route to the target, weather conditions worsened. The formation found itself encountering 10/10 skies, excessive winds, and extreme icing conditions. Two of the lead element aircraft decided to abort. But, in their haste, they flew across the path of the on-coming second element.

At least 4 aircraft collided, and crashed in the target area. Evidently, all the dead were buried locally and retrieved after the war. SSgt Brundage is buried in a mass common grave with 7 of his crew mates and many other airmen killed that day. The grave is in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Missouri, It is at Section 79, Site 434-436.

NOTE: No record of SSgt Brundage's decorations and service medals has been located; however, he is credited with those known to have been awarded to crew members.
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records


SSgt Donald E. Brundage was acting as flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-17G # 42-31396, not named, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 1833 was issued for this loss. There is no loading list, but a crew roster can be fashioned from the MACR. The crew was:

1 Lt Joseph S. Dunbar  p
Cpt Homer G. Mills, Jr.  c-p
2 Lt Reed W. Dean  nav
1 Lt Charles R. Glenn  bomb
SSgt Don E. Brundage gun
TSgt Hilary F. Helsabeck  r/o
SSgt Adolph G. Bauman  btg
SSgt Ward V. Phillips  wg
SSgt Loren C. Bowns  tail gun

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