DUMONT, DONALD, Staff Sergeant, # 11058070, USAAF
Donald Dumont was born on 19 June 1923 in Massachusetts to Jules Joseph Dumont (1895-1968) and Rosalba “Rose” Marie (Boucher) Dumont (1898-1990). Siblings were Gloria R. (Dumont) Leedberg (1925-2018), Adolphe Laurien Dumont (1929-1951), Robert Dumont (1930-1991), Joseph Andre Dumont (1937- ) and another sister.
After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain the weapons on the B-25 Mitchell (armorer) and to fire the .50 caliber machineguns (gunner). He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 20 June 1945 a B-25J, “Carolyn K,” # 43-27807, assigned 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 11th Bomb Squadron, Yangkai, China, departed the airfield on a bombing mission to Quang Tri, French Indochina (Annam or Vietnam). It was seen to crash at about 1508 Zulu near Quang Tri (16° 45’ North & 107° 11’ East). 1stLt Ronald E. Irwin, 0-889885, witnessed the crash. He reported that the B-25 came in on a bombing run at 110° across a two-span bridge at Quang Tri. As it came out of its dive, it rocked twice then straightened out 50’-75’ above the bridge. The left wing went down and the B-25 rolled over and crashed inverted, nose first, about 30’ to the left and 100’ past the bridge. It and its bombs exploded in a “terrific explosion” on impact. Flames and smoke rose 500’. Ten minutes later the rest of the B-25 flight overflew the crash at 2,500’. Fire was burning over an area of 300’. Ammunition was exploding. After recovery from Hue, French Indochina, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 1 March 1949 (Sec. E, Grave 266). He was awarded the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Army Good Conduct Medal.
His brother, Adolph L. Dumont, born 22 June 1929, served in the U.S. Navy, Yeoman, # 7527921, from 15 June 1948 to 28 March 1951 and died on active duty. He was buried in the Saint Joseph’s Cemetery, East Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
His brother, Robert Dumont, born 28 September 1930, served in the USAF from 4 October 1948 to 15 August 1952. He died 25 October 1991.