2nd Lieutenant Donald Martin Pfaff Pilot, USAAF P-47D Thunderbolt 42-22491

2nd Lieutenant Donald Martin Pfaff.

Image copyright: Mrs Audrey M Ferris (via Jeffrey Gibson, Tean Royal British Legion)

Donald Martin Pfaff was born on 7th June 1922 in the town of Homestead, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to Matilda and Michael “Mihaly” Pfaff who originated from Austria. He had two brothers, Richard and William, and a younger sister, Audrey.

Donald enlisted in the Air Corps as a Private on 9th October 1942 at Pittsburgh (Station 3298). His Army serial number was 13130668.
Prior to joining the Air Corps, Donald attended college for three years. In his civilian career, he had been employed as a purchasing agent and buyer.

In 1943 he married Regina (Jean) Klingensmith. At the time of his death, they had been married less than a year. Jean passed-away in November 2004.

Upon arrival in England, Donald was posted to 552 Squadron, which was based at Atcham (Station 342), Shropshire, and was part of 495th Fighter Training Group. By now he held the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and his serial number had now become 0822255.
 On 14th July 1944 he was killed while flying a P-47D; serial no. 42-22491 with this Squadron, the aircraft crashing onto cottages in the village of Upper Tean, Staffordshire.

Donald was one of the several thousand American servicemen who were repatriated for burial; he rests with his parents in the family plot in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wilkinsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

M.A.C.R. would like to thank Mrs Audrey M Ferris and Mr Jeffrey Gibson (Tean RBL) for the above information.

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