Allwine, Donald H., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 755-Radio Operator, Army Air Force
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 755, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
418th Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Nov 05, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
English Channel
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 755, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 755, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Bombing Raids Over Germany
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
Donald H. Allwine was born in Omaha, Nebraska on May 29, 1922, a son of George H. and Jessie Allwine. Both the US Censuses 1930 and 1940 list the family as residing in Omaha. Allwine graduated from Technical High School in 1941, and worked for the P.F. Peterson Baking Company until he was drafted in 1942.

He was assigned to the Army Air Forces, and trained as an airborne radio operator. After this training, he was assigned to a crew, and spent crew training in various states, including Colorado, Utah, Texas, and Tennessee. The crew deployed to England, ferrying a new B-17. They arrived at Thorpe-Abbots in October, 1943.

The crew flew its first combat mission on November 3, 1943. This was a raid on the facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. On November 5, 1943, the crew was assigned to attack the synthetic oil plants at Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

As the aircraft neared the target area, it was hit by flak. One engine, the compass, and the electrical system were destroyed. The bombardier salvoed the bombs to prevent an explosion, and the pilot turned onto a reverse course to England. He then ordered bail out, but only two crewmen could do so.

They reached the ground safely, and with the aid of French patriots, evaded until August, 1944, when they were returned to England. The remainder of the crew vanished with the aircraft - presumably crashing in the English Channel. No recovery was made of remains, and all airmen are remembered on the Walls of the Missing in the Cambridge American Cemetery in England.
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
State Journal (NE), issue of December 14, 1943
Omaha World (NE) Herald, issue of May 26, 1945
Lincoln (NE) Star, issue of December 13, 1943


SSgt Donald H. Allwine was performing duty as the radio operator on B-17G # 42-37748, unnamed, assigned to the 418th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 1156 pertains to this loss. Crew rosters show the crew as:

2 Lt Thomas R. Martin  p
2 Lt James A. Kennemer  c-p
2 Lt James W. McCorley  nav
2 Lt Joseph P. Murphy  bomb
Sgt  Lloyd B. Arnett  eng/tt gun
SSgt Donald H. Allwine  r/o
Sgt   Cosmos J. Braun, Jr.  btg
Sgt  David M. Davis  wg
Sgt  Merritt K. Gillespie  wg
Sgt  Laverne E. Clarke  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Lts McCorley and Murphy survived.

"Cosmos" Braun's name was actually "Cosmas."

In the crew photo, Allwine is in the back row, 3rd from left.

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