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25.12.1944. 4th FG 336th FS. U.S.A.A.F. P-51D 44-15054. Capt. Emerson. Location: Duustergats-Lahrweg (Kolleberg) Sittard- Holland.
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Mission: Escort to Kassel.

Date: 25th December 1944.

Unit: 4th FG, 336th FS, 8th U.S.A.A.F.

Type: P-51D.

Serial: 44-15054.

Coded: VF-D

Location: Duustergats-Lahrweg (kolleberg) Sittard - Holland

Pilot: Capt. Donald R Emerson. U.S.A.A.F. 0-813134. Age 21. Killed.


On Christmas day 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge, Capt. Donald Emerson was heading back to base after a mission when he encountered 6 FW190s, in combat he managed to shoot down 2 of them, but as he crossed enemy lines flying close to the ground he was struck by flak. His aircraft crashed in British-occupied territory in Belgium. He was buried the next day at Margraten, Holland.
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Capt. Donald R Emerson. Donald's girlfriend, Elinor Lindemann.

P51D 44-15054 (Courtesy Mike Harrison)
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Left: Memorial (Courtesy Michel Beckers) Right: Margraten Cemetery, Netherlands.
Capt. Donald R Emerson. U.S.A.A.F. 0-813134. Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten. Plot B. Row 15. Grave 21.
(Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters.)
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