Donald L. Balch oral history interview

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Title

Donald L. Balch oral history interview

Description

Fighter ace Donald L. Balch discusses his military service with the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He describes his wartime experiences as a fighter pilot, including his time in Guadalcanal with Marine Fighting Squadron 221 (VMF-221). Special focus on a combat mission on April 7, 1943 in which he scored an aerial victory against a Japanese Zero (Zeke) aircraft and damaged another.

Language

English

Rights Holder

The Museum of Flight Archives

Rights

Permission to publish material from the American Fighter Aces Association Oral Interviews must be obtained from The Museum of Flight Archives.

Bibliographic Citation

The American Fighter Aces Association Oral Interviews/The Museum of Flight

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewee

Biographical Text

Donald L. Balch was born on July 6, 1917 in Youngstown, Ohio. He entered naval aviation training in September 1941 and graduated in July of the following year. He served two combat tours in the Pacific Theater with Marine Fighting Squadron 221 (VMF-221), one during the Guadalcanal Campaign in 1943 and one during the Okinawa Campaign in 1945. Balch remained in the Marine Corps Reserve after the war and retired as a captain. In his civilian life, he worked as a stock broker in Santa Barbara, California. Balch passed away in 1995.

Biographical information courtesy of: Boyce, Ward J., ed., American fighter aces album. Mesa, Ariz: American Fighter Aces Association, 1996.

Interviewer

Date of Interview

1990-01

Time Period Discussed

1942-1945

Individuals Mentioned

Duration

00:07:26

Transcription

Files

Citation

American Fighter Aces Association, “Donald L. Balch oral history interview,” The Museum of Flight - Digital Collections, accessed July 18, 2019, https://mof.omeka.net/items/show/16568.