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Donald C. Carlson was born on January 25 1925 in La Salle, Colorado and enlisted in the army on March 13 1943 in Denver, Colorado.
As a gunner he made thirty missions in France, Germany and the Netherlands. For these missions he received the ‘Air medal’ on July 16 1944 and the ‘Distinguished Flying Cross’ on September 28 1944.
His unit was equipped with heavy bombers, the Consolidated B-
On September 18 1944 one of their missions was to drop supplies for the 82nd Airborne Division at a designated supply dropzone at Groesbeek. For this purpose the bombers were converted to transport aircraft. By removing the ball turrets, an opening was created through the bottom of the plane through which the supplies could be dropped. To drop the supplies a dropmaster was added to the standard crew. His role was to conduct the dropping.
A total of 252 B-
Intense flak downs seven B-