Donart, Mathias E., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1940-1942, AAF MOS 611, 42nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1937 - 1942
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Oahu, Hawaii.

Casualty Date
Apr 05, 1942
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Forest Cemetery - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
11th Bombardment Group, Heavy42nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1940-1942, AAF MOS 611, 11th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1940-1942, AAF MOS 611, 42nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 World War II/American Theater
  1941-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1939-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Information From B-17 Flying Fortress Fans:
Mathias volunteered for the Army Air Corps in 1937. By 1940 he was stationed in Oahu where he served in the 42nd Bombardment Squadron, 11th Bombardment Group. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He became a staff sergeant and a B-17 gunner. 

During the spring of 1942, the 11th BG's B-17s flew patrols to keep an eye out for any Japanese naval vessels in the Hawaiian area. On one such patrol on April 5, 1942, Easter Sunday, Sgt. Donart's B-17 #41-2443 was sent out to look for a suspected Japanese submarine. It returned back from patrol in bad weather and growing darkness. It crashed into Mount Keahiakahoe near Pali Lookout. All ten onboard were killed.
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