Person:Jerry McDonald (7)

Facts and Events
Name Jerry Roy MCDONALD
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 11 JAN 1924 Hill, Texas, United States
Census[11] 10 Apr 1930 McGregor, McLennan, Texas, United StatesPrecinct 5
Census[10] 10 Apr 1940 McGregor, McLennan, Texas, United StatesAvenue U
Education[8] 1942 Austin, Travis, Texas, United StatesClass of '42, University of Texas Austin
Military[4][6] 10 MAR 1943 Dallas, Dallas, Texas, United StatesCapt, U S Army Air Forces, 338th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group
Death[3][4][5][6][7] 28 FEB 1945 Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Burial[7][3] ca MAR 1945 St Avold, Lorraine, FranceLorraine American Cemetery Capt. McDonald was with the 8th Air Force stationed in England and at the time of his death on Feb. 28, 1945, had fifty eight combat missions to his credit. On October 1st, at Fort Worth Army Air Field, in special retreat ceremonies, Mrs. John F. McDonald (Jerry's mother) was presented the Air Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster, denoting five other awards of the air medal, for her son.

  1. Jerry R McDonald entry, in United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946. (
    10 Mar 1943.

    Name: Jerry R Mc Donald
    Name (Original): MC DONALD JERRY R
    Event Type: Military Service
    Event Date: 10 Mar 1943
    Term of Enlistment:
    Event Place: Dallas, Texas, United States
    Residence Place:
    Race: White
    Citizenship Status: citizen
    Birth Year: 1924
    Birthplace: TEXAS
    Education Level: 4 years of high school
    Civilian Occupation: Engineers, civil
    Marital Status:
    Military Rank: Private
    Army Branch: Air Corps
    Army Component: Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status)
    Source Reference: Enlisted Reserve or Medical Administrative Corps (MAC) Officer
    Serial Number: 18148561
    Affiliate Publication Title: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946
    Affiliate ARC Identifier: 1263923
    Box Film Number: 02853.7

  2. Jerry Roy McDonald entry, in Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997. (
    Cert #3830.

    Name: Jerry Roy Mcdonald
    Event Type: Birth
    Event Date: 11 Jan 1924
    Event Place: Hill, Texas
    Father's Name:
    Mother's Name:
    Certificate Number: 3830

  3. 3.0 3.1 Jerry R McDonald entry, in Register, World War II Dead Interred in American Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil and World War II and Korea Missing or Lost or Buried at Sea. (

    Name: Jerry R Mc Donald
    Inducted From: Texas
    Rank: Captain
    Combat Organization: 338th Squadron 55th Fighter Group
    Death Date: 28 Feb 1945
    Monument: Lorraine, France
    Last Known Status: Buried
    U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal
    Air Medal
    Additional Army Awards

  4. 4.0 4.1 Nuthampstead Airfield Research Society, 55th Fighter Group Website.

    Capt. Jerry R. McDonald
    338th FS - July 1944 - 28 February 1945 (Killed in Action)
    Assigned Aircraft
    P-51D ?
    Mission History
    Not Known
    Mission List
    Not Known
    Air Scores
    Ground Scores
    Score Detail 24 December 1944 Me-109 destroyed (air) S/Coblenz
    14 January 1945 Me-262 destroyed (ground) Parchim
    Notes 13 December 1944 - Awarded 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
    02 February 1945 - Awarded 4th Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
    16 February 1945 - Promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain
    17 February 1945 - Awarded 5th Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
    28 February 1945 - Killed in Action.
    The mission was a fighter sweep in the vicinity of Munich, Germany. Capt. McDonald spotted and was strafing a train near Landshut when he was caught in the enormous explosion of the train and crashed and killed instantly. Capt. McDonald is buried at Lorraine American Military Cemetery and Memorial, St. Avold, France. He was from Texas.
    Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

  5. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945. (

    Name: Jerry R McDonald
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Religion: No Record
    Cemetery Name: Saint Avold (Permanent Cemetery), Saint Avold, France
    Grave Number: j 23 7
    Disposition: According to next of kin
    Service Branch: Army
    Rank: Captain
    Service Number:

  6. 6.0 6.1 US 8th Army Air Force Fighter Command.

    Capt Jerry R McDonald records
    44-13368P-51D338CL-    Take off accident 11 July 44 - Lt. Jerry R McDonald
    44-13618P-51D338CL-    Lost 28 February 1945 - Capt. Jerry R McDonald KIA

  7. 7.0 7.1 American Battle Monuments Commission, The World War II Honor Roll (

    Jerry R. McDonald
    Captain, U.S. Army Air Forces
    Service # O-763261338th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group
    Entered the Service from: Texas
    Died: 28-Feb-45
    Buried at: Plot J Row 23 Grave 7 Lorraine American Cemetery St. Avold, France
    Awards: Air Medal with 5 Oak

  8. Jerry Ray McDonald entry, Cactus Yearbook, University of Texas, Austin, 1945, in U.S. School Yearbooks. (
    Page 6.

    Name: Jerry Ray McDONALD
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1925
    Age: 20
    School: University of Texas
    School Location: Austin, Texas
    Year: 1945
    Yearbook Title: Cactus Yearbook
    University of Texas Austin - Cactus Yearbook (Austin, TX)
     - Class of 1945
    JERRY RAY McDONALD, Captain, AAF, ' 42 Killed in action over Germany. Air Medal, Oak Leaf Clusters (2)

  9.   Jerry McDonald entry, 1930 US census, in United States Federal Census. (
    10 Apr 1930.

    Year: 1930; Census Place: McGregor, McLennan, Texas; Roll: 2374; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 49; Image: 674.0.

  10. Jerry McDonald entry, 1940 US Census, in United States Federal Census. (
    10 Apr 1940.

    Year: 1940; Census Place: McGregor, McLennan, Texas; Roll: T627_4101; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 155-75A.

  11. Jerry McDonald entry, 1930 US Census, in United States Federal Census. (
    10 Apr 1930.

    Year: 1930; Census Place: McGregor, McLennan, Texas; Roll: 2374; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 49; Image: 674.0.