|U.S. Army Officer
72nd Troop Carrier Squadron, 434th Troop Carrier Group
1st Lt. Donald A. Pahlow O-678318 C-47 Pilot
Killed In Action - September 17th 1944
Buried at: Plot B Row 2 Grave 5 Netherlands American Cemetery
|HISTORY OF DONALD A. PAHLOW
C-47A-90-DL “Skytrain” C/N 20499 S/N 43-16033 (CU-B) took off from Aldermaston Airfield UK (AF Station 467) on
September 17th 1944 with the 72nd Troop Carrier Squadron, 434th Troop Carrier Group. Her mission was to Paradrop 16
members of the 1st Bn, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division into Drop Zone A Veghel, Operation
Market Garden, Holland.
Crew of C-47A 43-16033:
1st Lt. Donald A. Pahlow (Pilot) O-678318 Air Corps Milwaukee Wisconsin (KIA)
2nd Lt. William F. Baker (Co-Pilot) O-2059885 Air Corps Florence (Lauderdale) Alabama
S/Sgt Christopher S. Domitrovich (Engineer) 36054843 Air Corps Granite City (Madison) Illinois
S/Sgt Rollin D. Ellis (Radio Operator) 16088020 Air Corps Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Captain William F. Wade (Intelligence Officer) O-902714 Air Corps Fayetteville (Onondaga) New York (KIA)
Corporal Thomas A. Hoge (War Correspondent) Corporal Air Corps Bayville (Nassau) New York
C-47A 43-16033 sustained a direct hit at approximately 14:10 near Boxtel and was set ablaze, but completed the paradrop
mission. After unloading all 16 paratroopers successfully over DZ-A, the C-47 crashed in flames about 6 miles south of the
DZ exploding on impact. 1st Lt Donald A. Pahlow and Captain William F. Wade were killed on impact. 2nd Lt William F.
Baker, S/Sgt Christopher S. Domitrovich, S/Sgt Rollin D. Ellis and Corporal Thomas A. Hoge survived the crash by bailing
out of the aircraft prior to impact. Corporal Hoge was later taken as a Prisoner of War. Later in the War, S/Sgt
Domitrovich was killed as his aircraft crashed into the Empire State Building in New York City in 1945.
Donald A. Pahlow was first interred near the crash site in the RC Churchyard, Oostelbeers Netherlands September 17th
1944. He was later reburied in Grave OO-11-272 in the U.S. Cemetery Margraten Netherlands March 1946. His final resting
place is B-2-5 Margraten Netherlands in 1949. He rests there to this day.
William F. Wade was also buried in the Churchyard in Oostelbeers. He was later reburied in Grave OO-11-274 in the U.S.
Cemetery Margraten Netherlands March 1946. His final resting place is P-9-17 Margraten Netherlands in 1949. He rests
there to this day.
|U.S. Army Footlocker, above photo.
This footlocker bears the stencil "EFFECTS OF DONALD A PAHLOW". Lt Pahlow's personal effects were
sent home in this footlocker to his Next of Kin, Natalie J. Pahlow after his death on September 17th 1944.
|Lid of U.S. Army Footlocker, left photo. Manufacturer's nomenclature plate, right photo.
This plate is constructed from brass and is marked:
AMERICAN HARDWARE COMPANY, INC.
SEPTEMBER 27, 1939
SPEC. NO. 2379-6 SPEC. NO. 26-L-29
CHICAGO Q.M. DEPOT
|Rear of U.S. Army Footlocker with shipping label, left photo. Close-up of shipping label, right photo.
This label is marked:
WAR DEPARTMENT ARMY EFFECTS BUREAU
KANSAS CITY QUARTERMASTER DEPOT
601 HARDESTY AVENUE
KANSAS CITY 1, MISSOURI
NAME 1st Lt. Donald A. Pahlow
CASE NO. 566079 M
TO: Mrs. Natalie J. Pahlow
2954 North 54th Street
Milwaukee 10, Wisconsin
|Brig. Gen. Anthony C. Mcauliffe,
artillery commander of 101st Airborne
Division, address' a large group of
members of 72nd Troop Carrier
Squadron, 434th Troop Carrier Group
in front of C-47 "Skytrain" Aircraft
and CG-4A Gliders prior to take-off
on D+1 for Operation Market Garden
September 18th 1944, left photo.
Photo credit: LIFE Magazine