This was Blakeslee's assigned aircraft in September 1943. Standard white ETO recognition bands on nose, vertical and horizontal tail surfaces. All Blakeslee's aircraft were coded WD-C, none carried any personal markings. Shot up in this machine 7/1/44, made forced landing at Mansion. Aircraft previously assigned as WD-E to Maj. Roy Evans. <br><br> Donald James Mathew Blakeslee, Fairport Harbor, Ohio. Joined 335th FS as CO 29/9/42, with rank of captain. He became major 12/1/43. Left squadron 19/5/43, became 4th Group Executive and Operations Officer and Lt.Col. on this date. Became Col. 8/3/44. Group CO from 1/1/44.
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