Donald Jack Kittilstad

Eau Claire Corporal Is Gunnery Mechanic at Bomber Station
AN EIGHTH AIR FORCE BOMBER STATION, EnglandóCorporal Donald J. Kittilstad of Eau Claire, WI is a gunnery mechanic at this Fortress airdrome, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Glendon P. Overing of Orange, MA. Besides working on the repairs of turrets and guns on the Forts, he helps load the guns, and place the bombs in the racks, prior to each Eighth Air Force bombing attack on German centers of industry or lines of communications.

He is a member of the famous Third Bombardment Division, cited by the President for its now historic shuttle bombing of the Messerschmitt factories at Regensburg, Germany, in August of 1943.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Kittilstad of 1012 Chauncey Street, Eau Claire, WI.

Previous to entering the Army Air Forces in January of 1941, he was associated with the Eau Claire Sand and Gravel Company.

Cadet Nurse
Miss Jeanne Mary Kittilstad, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar H. Kittilstad, 1012 Chauncey Street, has been accepted as a Cadet Nurse at St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing at Wausau. Miss Kittilstad is a graduate of St. Patrick's High School and has been employed for the past nine months at the plant office of the Eau Claire Sand and Gravel Company.

Miss Kittilstad has two brothers in the service, William, a cadet at Ellington Field, TX, who has been classified for training as navigator in the Army Air Forces, and Donald (Jack), who is also in the Air Corps at Davis Field, Tucson, AZ.

Miss Marion Kittilstad, a sister, who is a graduate of St. Mary's School of Nursing, is Supervisor in Pediatrics at the hospital.

After spending the weekend with relatives in Wautoma, Jeanne Mary will report for duty on Tuesday, February 29.

Sergeant Donald Jack Kittilstad, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar H. Kittilstad, has arrived in England, according to word received by his parents.

He enlisted in the Air Corps as a mechanic on January 14, 1941. He received his basic training at Chanute Field, IL, graduating on July 18, 1941, as an instructor in Air Mechanics.

He served at the following fields as instructor: Moffet Field, CA; Victorville, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Douglas, AZ; and Tucson, AZ. He was then made Crew Chief of a bomber.

Sergeant Kittilstad graduated from St. Patrick's High School in 1940.

He has a brother, Aviation Cadet Bill Kittilstad, who is completing his training as a navigator at San Marcos, TX.

Eau Claire Flyer and 8 Others Die in Crash of Two Army Bombers
Lieutenant William E. Kittilstad, U.S. Army Air Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar H. Kittilstad, 1012 Chauncey Street, was killed Wednesday in the collision of two B-17 bombers near Covington, TN, while on a training flight from Dyersburg, TN Army Air Field, according to a telegram received by his parents late Wednesday afternoon.

According to newspaper dispatches, Lieutenant Kittilstad, who was home, here, on furlough two weeks ago, after receiving his commission in the Air Corps and being awarded his silver wings as a navigator, was among nine men killed in the crash of the two bombers. 

Two other Wisconsin men were among those killed, Lieutenant Roy B. Christenson of Algoma and Lieutenant George W. S. Stienmetz of Ashland.

Christenson, a bombardier, according to news dispatches, was the only member of his plane unable to parachute to safety, before the plane crashed. All crew members of the other plane, except one, were killed.

Lieutenant Kittilstad entered the service on December 11, 1942 and received his training at Miami Beach, FL; Fort Myers, FL; and Seymour Johnson Field, NC. Then, followed a college training course at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; followed by classification at San Antonio, Texas; pre-flight at Ellington Field; this followed by his navigation training at San Marcos, TX Army Air Forces Navigation School on August 28, this year.

Lieutenant Kittilstad, a graduate of St. Patrick's High School, here, is survived by his parents; four brothers, Corporal Donald Kittilstad, U. S. Army Air Corps, now overseas; Owen, James and Michael, all at home; two sisters, Marion Kittilstad, a nurse at Wausau, and Jean Kittilstad, U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps in training at Wausau.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

Second Lieutenant Marion E. Kittilstad, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Kittilstad, 1012 Chauncey Street, is now on duty at Regional Hospital, Camp Blanding, FL. She was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps on May 3 of this year.

Lieutenant Kittilstad attended St. Patrick's High School and also attended State Teachers College here. She received her nurse's training at St. Mary's Hospital in Wausau and was on the staff in the pediatric department for 2 1/2 years, after her graduation.

She has a brother, Corporal Donald J. Kittilstad, now in the Army in England, and a sister, Jeanne Mary, in the Cadet Nurse Corps in training at St. Mary's Hospital. Another brother, Lieutenant William Kittilstad, was killed in an airplane crash in this country last September.