44-34482         MACR 14745

 

On 9 July 1945 a Douglas A-26B Invader, # 44-34482, assigned to 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 11th Bomb Squadron, Training Detachment, Yangkai, China, departed the airfield at Fenny, India, on a training mission locally. It crashed in the Chittagong area and the crew killed. The crew was:

                                           Pilot                             1stLt Archie E. McDonald                   0-773185

                                           Alternate Pilot             1stLt Lloyd R. Orr                                0-718921

                                           Navigator                    1stLt David V. Robinson                     0-708558

 

MCDONALD, ARCHIE EVERETT, First Lieutenant, # 0-773185, USAAF

 

Archie E. McDonald was born on 4 June 1924 in Three Forks, Gallatin Co., Montana, to Archibald Donald McDonald (1893-1979) (MT) and Marion M. (Sullivan) McDonald (1899-1978) (MT) (married 2 December 1916, Helena, Lewis & Clark Co., MT). Siblings were Audrey Cecelia (McDonald) Etzel (1917-1998) and Joseph Howard McDonald (1919-1940). He was married to Dorothy Mae (Luther) Bock nee McDonald (1924-2017).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, employed by the Roy J. Carley Electrical Co., resided in Portland, OR, and described himself as 5’10”, 138 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the A-26 Invader. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 9 July 1945 a Douglas A-26B Invader, # 44-34482, assigned to 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 11th Bomb Squadron, Training Detachment, Yangkai, China, departed the airfield at Fenny, India, on a training mission locally. It crashed in the Chittagong area and the crew killed. After recovery from India, the remains of the crew, McDonald, Orr, and Robinson, were buried in a group ceremony and burial in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Lincoln Co., Nebraska, on 18 January 1950 (Sec. R, Grave 48). A memorial was placed in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Portland, Oregon.

ORR, LLOYD REA, First Lieutenant, # 0-718921, USAAF

 

Lloyd R. Orr was born on 7 November 1923 in Plattsburg, Missouri, to James Quinter Orr (1894-1963) and (1) Elta Beatrice (Hall) Orr (1898-1930) (married 1922, Plattsburg, MO) and (2) Frances Kathryn (Hulse) Orr nee McQuire (1911-2010) (married 3 March 1945, Plattsburg, MO).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, resided in Gower, Clinton Co., MO, and described himself as 6’1”, 170 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.  He noted that he had a scar on his right wrist. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the A-26 Invader.