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S/SGT  Donald B. GARRISON

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG

 Thought to be Donald B. Garrison from the Cruikshank crew Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

SERIAL #: 16074721 STATUS: POW
MACR: 01028 CR: 01028

Comments1: 10 OCT 43 MUNSTER (Original 100th, Crew #31)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
 
    Crew #31           418th Sqdn. M.A.C.R. #1028

Mission:Munster Aircraft #42-30725
Date: 10 Oct.1943
Time: 1500/1530 "AW-R-GO"
A/C last seen: Munster
Cause:EAC

Crew aboard:
 Charles B.Cruikshank Capt.     P POW
 Glenn E.Graham 1st Lt.        CP POW
 Frank D.Murphy Capt.        NAV POW
 August H.Gaspar 1st Lt   .  BOM POW
 Orlando E.Vincenti T/Sgt   ROG KIA
 Leonard R.Weeks T/Sgt.    TTE POW
 Robert L.Bixler S/Sgt.        BTG POW
 James M.Johnson S/Sgt  .  WG POW
 Donald B.Garrison S/Sgt    WG POW
 Charles A.Clark Sgt.           TG KIA

Crew on 21st mission. Weeks said that Vincenti bailed out of bomb-bay with chute afire. Had been fighting fire in radio room.

Garrison saw both James Johnson & Robert Bixler wounded and in waist of plane. Plane blew up and Garrison blown out. Ship had dropped bombs on target.

Weeks said; "Germans said Vincenti's chute had burned in the descent and that he was dead before hitting the ground. Bixler said Germans had shown him Vincenti's dog tags and told him that he was dead."

Johnson said he was blown out of ship and his chute opened at about 5,000 ft.

Clark couldn't seem to get his escape hatch open and was probably killed when plane blow up.

Fighter attack caused fire in ship.

German Records show :Sgt. Charles A. Clark interred on 11 Oct 1943 at Lienen Cemetary/Wesph. Northwestern
third of cemetary, southern grave.  O.E.Vincenti northern grave

(probably entirely burnt since Id tsg was found burnt,too.) Mrs.Agnes Clark 603 Laurel Ave. Highland Park,Ill.


---> SUBMITTER INFORMATION
SUBMITTER: Leticia Garrison
EMAIL: tshnstv@earthlink.net
PURPOSE: Submit general feedback
INTEREST: I am the veteran's child

---> MESSAGE
I wanted to make a correction about the information regarding my father, Don Garrison. (Cruikshank Crew on the"AW-R-GO") on pg 10 of the latest "Splasher Six".
Don was not KIA but seriously wounded and a POW until Sept. 1944. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and served as County Clerk in Harrisburg, Illinois (Saline CO.) from 1946 until his untimely death in March of 1958. This was even recent news to me but a story that I have been able to substantiate. I have only recently joined the 100th BG and think it is an incredible organization and I am so proud to be a member and see these wonderful people who served be gratefully honored.
I have enjoyed receiving and reading the "Splasher Six". It's great reading and what an incredible job you do. Thank you so much for taking my information.

Sincerely,

Tish Garrison

MEMO 2:

 Blown out of aircraft.
My late cousin, Donald B. Garrison (second from the left) was LWG of the Cruikshank crew. While the plane (Aw-R-Go) was under attack during the Munster mission of 10 Oct 43, he was blown out of the plane, became a POW, and had to have his leg amputated because of wounds. After returning to the States in 1944, he went on to become County Clerk in  Harrisburg, Illinois. ...,John Bowles-cousin

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Munster DATE: 1943-10-10  
AIRCRAFT: "Aw R Go" (42-30725) CAUSE: EAC  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 Donald B. Garrison WG, of the Charles B. Cruikshank crew. Detailed Information Photo courtesy of Frank Murphy by way of John E. Bowles  

Donald Garrison at Thorpe Abbotts in 1983 (photo courtesy of Richard Gibson)

Article on S/Sgt Donald Garrison (courtesy of Laura Shivers) 

Article on Donald Garrison (courtesy of Laura Shivers)

Article on Donald Garrison (courtesy of Laura Shivers)

 The Charles B. Cruikshank crew in Telergua, Algeria, 17 Aug 1943. Crew #31 just after landing. L-R A. August H. Gaspar, Charles A. Clark, James M. Johnson, Robert Bixler, Frank D. Murphy, Donald B. Garrison, Leonard R. Weeks, Orlando E. Vincenti. The pilot Charles B. Cruikshank is kneeling. Charles Clark and Orlando Vincenti were to be killed almost two month later at Munster (10 Oct 1943) Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 From left; James M. Johnson, Donald B. Garrison, Augie Gaspar, Frank D. Murphy, and Glenn E. Graham Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Standing, James Johnson, Don Garrison, Vincenti (killed in action), Kneeling, Lt. Gus Gasper (Lt. Cruikshanks crew) Picture taken at site 5. Karl Treanor collection 

 

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