SIMONSON, DONALD WARREN, Second Lieutenant, # 0-549686, USAAF
Donald W. Simonon was born on 18 November 1920 in Thermopolis, Hot Springs County, Wyoming, to Oscar George Simonson (1896-1981) and Nida Margret (Smith) Simonson (1895-1986). Siblings included Philip Oscar Simonson (1919-1994), Kenneth Duane Simonson (1922-2002), Lyle Elmer Simonson (1924-2006), Georgia Eva (Simonson) Coles (1927-2001), Norval Boyce Simonson (1930-2018), and Thane Holiver Simonson (1934- 1935), Wayne Eldon Simonson (1934-2009), Ada D. Simonson (1937-2017), and another brother. He was married to Mrs Alice S. Simonson, 458 N. Fourth St, Taft, Luisiana, and was survived by his wife and a daughter.
He registered for the WW II draft in 1942, as a student, and described himself as 5’10” 172 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. After he enlisted, he trained extensively in the electrical and mechanical maintenance and function of the B-29 Superfortress, which had a flight engineer panels set up with fuel access readings, oil levels and pressure in all four of the engines and had access to the fire suppression system. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to the 20th Air Force, which had bases in India, China, the Marianas and elsewhere. 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). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.