[I. B. Jack Donalson and Andrew J. Reynolds oral history interview (Part 3 of 3)]

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Title

[I. B. Jack Donalson and Andrew J. Reynolds oral history interview (Part 3 of 3)]

Description

In this three-part oral history, fighter aces I. B. Jack Donalson and Andrew J. Reynolds are interviewed about their military service with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. In part three, Reynolds continues to describe his wartime experiences as a fighter pilot and his time in Australia and Indonesia with the 20th Pursuit Squadron. He and Donalson also describe their time in Australia with the 9th Fighter Squadron. Topics discussed include military life and conditions in Java and Australia; Reynolds’s evacuation from Java after it fell to Japanese troops; and various combat missions and aerial victories.

The interview is conducted by fellow fighter ace Eugene A. Valencia and by an unidentified interviewer who also served in the Pacific Theater. Speakers are identified whenever possible. Note that the audio cuts out at a few places.

Date

1960s circa

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

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Biographical Text

I. B. Jack Donalson was born on July 6, 1915 in Kyle, Texas. He joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1941 and graduated from flight training in August of that year. Donalson initially served with the 21st Pursuit Squadron in the Philippines, flying missions out of Nichols Field and Clark Field. He also participated in ground battles in and around Bataan during a temporary assignment to the infantry. In April 1942, Donalson was one of a handful of pilots to escape Bataan when the area fell to Japanese troops. Afterwards, he joined the 9th Fighter Squadron in Australia. Donalson remained in the military after the war and continued to focus on fighter aviation. He retired as a colonel in 1968 and passed away in 2006.

Andrew J. Reynolds was born on August 17, 1917 in Seminole, Oklahoma. He joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1940 and graduated from flight training the following year. After stateside operational training with the 20th Pursuit Group, Reynolds was deployed to Australia with the 20th Pursuit Squadron of the 24th Pursuit Group. He later joined the 9th Fighter Squadron after the fall of Java. Reynolds remained in the military after the war and retired as a colonel in 1969. He passed away in 1976.

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

Time Period Discussed

1941-1942 circa

Duration

00:31:37

Transcription

Files

Citation

American Fighter Aces Association, “[I. B. Jack Donalson and Andrew J. Reynolds oral history interview (Part 3 of 3)],” The Museum of Flight - Digital Collections, accessed March 26, 2019, https://mof.omeka.net/items/show/17244.