Donald Howard Higgins Sr
2nd Lieutenant Donald Higgins Pilot of B-17 Flying Fortress.
Donald Higgins flew over 50 bombing missions from June 1944 to Novmber 1944.
His crew (3063) consisted of
2nd LT John A Gifford (CP)
2ND LT Elmer B Durfee JR (N)
F/O Robert Anderson (B)
Sgt Raymond H Stone (AEG)
SGT Thomas E Jew (ROG)
Pfc Jack F Hare (TG)
Sgt Claude V Grose Jr (WG)
Pvt John Tebar (AG)
Cpl Floyd O Grammer (UG)
June 14th 1944 Lietenant Higgins flew his first high altitude bombing mission on the oil refineries in Budapest Hungary. 2 missions
June 16th 1944 Krogan Oil Refinery - 2 missions
June 20th, 1944 Arrived in Italy, sends letter to Louis. Has seen what the bombs can do. Its awful how these people have to live. I sure am glad Butch is where he is.
June 23rd 1944 Ploesti 1 mission
June 25th 1944 Sete 1 mission
June 26th 1944 Schwacht Oil Refinery 2 missions
June 27th, 1944 Budapest M/Y 2 missions
June 30th 1944 Blechhammar 1 mission
July 2nd 1944 Brod 2 missions
July 3rd, 1944 Arad 1 mission
July 4th, 1944 Brasnov 2 missions
July 5th, 1944 Montepelier 1 mission
July 8th, 1944 Vienna Oil Refinery 2 missions
July 13th, 1944 Mestre M/Y 1 mission
July 14th, 1944 Budapest 1 mission
July 15th, 1944 Ploesti 1 mission
July 18th, 1944 Tagliamento Brid - 1 mission
July 19th, 1944 Munich 2 missions
July 20th, 1944 Memmingen A/D 2 missions
July 22nd, 1944 Ploesti 1 mission
August 3rd, 1944 Fredrickshaven 2 missions
August 6th, 1944 Valence M/Y 1 mission
August 7th, 1944 Blechhammar -2 missions
August 7th, 1944 Blechhammar 2 missions
August 9th, 1944 Gyor 1 mission
August 15th, 1944 Gun Position N-237 1 mission
August 18th, 1944 Ploesti 2 missions
August 25th, 1944 Lisen A/C Factory 2 missions
September 3rd, 1944 Belgrade - 1 mission
September 17th, 1944 Budapest M/Y 1 mission
September 23rd, 1944 Wels M/Y 2 missions
October 12th, 1944 Bologna 1 mission
October 17th, 1944 Secret 2 missions
November 6th, 1944 Maribor M/Y 2 missions
November 18th 1944 Vienna Oil Refinery 2missions
November 18th, 1944 Lieutenant Higgins flew his golden missionwhen he bombed the oil refineries in Vienna, Austria.
December 24th, 1943 Age 24 Returns home for a 21 day leave after completing 52 successful bombing missions has been awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
January 1944 while at home on leave
July 29th 1945 St. Marks Episcopal Church, LeRoy, NY Lt. Donald Higgins of LeRoy marries, Elizabith C. Schmitt, Specialist 3C in the US Coast Guard Reserves, of Los Angeles California
October 24th, 1945 Rome Army Air Base, Rome NY - Discharged From US Army
Donald and Elizabith had 3 sons Donald Jr, William, and Robert.
Donald Sr has since passed away and is burried in Pavilion NY. Elizabeth Higgins is living in Las Vegas Nevada.