Don Blakeslee

Fairport Harbor, OH

Don Blakeslee in his P-51 Mustang



Don Blakeslee's Medals

DFC DSC Airmedal Silver Star DFC
Distinguished Flying Cross (Great Britain) Distinguished Service Cross Airmedal Silver Star Distinguished Flying Cross
(1 Oak Leaf Cluster) (3 Oak Leaf Clusters) (7 Oak Leaf Clusters)


Assigned Aircraft

AIRCRAFT SERIAL NUMBER CALL LETTERS DATES ASSIGNED DESCRIPTION DISPOSITION
Spitfire MkVb BL776 MD-C? 10/9/42-11/8/42 Unk Transferred 4/1/43
BL545 MD- 11/9/42 Unk Transferred 4/1/43
P-47D 42-7863 WD-C 4/17/43-2/18/44 Malcolm hood 7/28/43, shot up. Made itback to Manston, UK. Transferred 4/1/43
P-51B 43-6437 WD-C 2/28/44-8/7/44 olive drab and gray, all white ETO 8/7/43 - MIA while flown by S. Wadsworth
42-106726 WD-C 4/14/44-? all metal finish, Malcolm hood believed scrapped due to battle damage
P-51D 44-13779 WD-C 7/8/44-End of war black ETO bands on all but tail fin, white rudder, red canopy frame, D-Day bands, olive drab right rear wing fillet Unk


Victories

(includes only those while in the 4th FG)



Date Enemy A/C Air/Ground Place Number
4/15/43 FW-190 Air Knocke-Bruges, Belg 1
4/15/43 FW-190 Air Knocke-St. Nicholas, Belg 1
1/7/44 FW-190 Air Hesdin area, Fr. 1
3/18/44 FW-190 Air Unk 1
4/18/44 He-177 Ground Fassberg A/D, Ger. 1
4/22/44 Me-109 Air s/w of Kassel, Ger. 2
4/24/44 FW-190 Air north of Worms, Ger. 1.5
4/30/44 Seaplanes Ground French Lake returning from St. Dizier-Lyon area, Fr. 0.75
5/29/44 Me-410 Air North of Falkenburg, ? 1
7/2/44 Me-109 Air near Budapest, Hun. 1

TOTAL VICTORIES 4TH FG
Air Ground Total Air Ground Total
15.5 2 17.5 9.5 1.75 11.25
1 victory with 354th FG. Others with the RAF.

Career Highlights/Lowlights


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A classic Don Blakeslee pose

Col Don about to takeoff in WD-C

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