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Sgt. Donald E. Fitzmaurice was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1919. After graduation from St. Mary’s Cathedral High School in Lincoln in 1937, he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During World War II he served in the 95th Bomb Squadron–17th Bombardment Group, U.S.A.A.F., and was a major participant in the first significant American success against the Japanese. In this daring, daylight raid on Tokyo, Japan, he served as an Engineer-Gunner on a B-25, that bombed Tokyo under anti-aircraft fire. The “Green Hornet” ran out of fuel before reaching the China coast and crashed. Fitzmaurice drowned in the China Sea. Historians have credited this mission with prematurely pushing the Japanese Navy into a disasterous attack on Midway, a defeat considered to be a turning point in World War II. His Aviation Awards include Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the Chinese Breast Order of Yung Hui.

 

 

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