In Memory of
U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant
Donald F. Conger
Wagner, South Dakota
Charles Mix County
August 31, 1916 –July 26, 1945
Killed in Action in France
Donald F. Conger was born on August 31, 1916, at Wagner,
Charles Mix County, South Dakota, to Fred and Daisy Conger. He had a sister and
a brother. Donald graduated from Wagner High School and before he entered the
service, he worked in Chamberlain, South Dakota.
On June 19, 1942, Donald Conger entered active service at
Ft. Crook, Nebraska. He was trained as a radioman in the Air Corps and was sent
overseas to the European theater on May 15, 1943, stationed in England. In late
1944, Donald Conger married Irene Brown in Nottingham, England. They had a son,
Robert Anthony, who was born days before Donald’s death.
On July 26, 1945, Staff Sergeant Donald Conger was killed
when “the plane was apparently struck by lightning which overloaded the
electrical system and the gas tank exploded. One wing and the motor were blown
from the plane.”
Military services were held for the entire crew; they were
buried in an overseas cemetery. Donald Conger’s name, however, is not shown as
an overseas burial, so it is believed that his remains were returned to the
United States after the war and buried locally.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator,
Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a
veteran’s bonus payment and the Daily Republic, issue 8/13/45.