IVANOVIC, DUSHAN DONALD, Captain, # 0-662793, USAAF

 

Dushand D. Ivanovic was born on 3 December 1919 in Wilmerding, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, to Paul (Pavao) Ivanovic (1883-1962) and Angela (Andjalia) Ivanovic (1890-    ). Siblings included Michael (Milio) Ivanovic (1909-1977), Mildred (Mila) (Ivanovic) Johnston (1913-1982), Nicholas “Nick” (Nikola) Paul Ivanovic (1915-2004), Jennie Ivanovic (1917-    ), Daisy (Ivanovic) Bugajski (1921-2000), and Peter Ivanovic (1923-2005).

 

When he registered for the WW II draft, he described himself as 5’8”, 165 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 18 December 1941, completed his extensive flight training, was rated for multi-engine aircraft, and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas about April, 1944. During 15 to 16 June 1944, a 20th Air Force, 58th Bombardment Wing, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, Kharagpur A.A.B., India, a B-29, # 42-6230, the “Limber Duggan,” departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a combat mission and did not return. They were shot down by an enemy fighter over Wakamatsu Fukuoka, Japan (the first to be shot down over Japan). All of the crew were killed in action. His remains were buried in a single casket group grave at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on 8 August 1949 (Sec. 82, Grave 209). Buried together with unidentifiable remains of Arnds, Davis, Goodroe, Hymel, Johnson, Levy, McMichael, Simonson, Shenkel, Dupuis, and Fisher. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Peter Ivanovic, born 5 August 1923, (ur years of college) served in the U.S. Army # 33922405) from 13 July 1944 to 16 March 1946. He was overseas from 26 December 1944 to 15 May 1945. Honorably discharged at McGuire General Hospital, Richmond, VA.

B-29 Superfortresses nearing Japan