[Donald Gordon oral history interview (Part 2 of 2)]

Dublin Core

Title

[Donald Gordon oral history interview (Part 2 of 2)]

Description

In this two-part oral history, fighter ace Donald Gordon discusses his military service with the United States Navy during World War II. In part two, he provides clarifying details regarding his wartime experiences and one of the combat missions discussed in the previous interview. Special focus on his participation in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands in October 1942.

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 Gordon was born on July 17, 1920 in Garland, Kansas. He joined the United States Navy in 1941 and graduated from flight training the following year. A member of Fighting Squadron 10 (VF-10), Gordon served aboard the USS Enterprise (CV-6) during his combat tours in the Pacific Theater. He participated in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands in October 1942 and the Battle of the Philippine Sea, also known as the Marianas Turkey Shoot, in June 1944. Gordon remained in the military after the war and went on to serve with the Navy’s first all-jet fighter squadron. He retired as a captain in 1967 and passed away in 2010.

Interviewer

Date of Interview

1990-02-15

Time Period Discussed

1940s circa

Duration

00:19:14

Transcription

Files

Citation

American Fighter Aces Association, “[Donald Gordon oral history interview (Part 2 of 2)],” The Museum of Flight - Digital Collections, accessed July 18, 2019, https://mof.omeka.net/items/show/17267.