January 2, 1924 (Springfield, OH) – January 29, 1945; 21 years old
Last local address: Hickory Bluff, South Norwalk (draft card) and 401 Highland Ave
Service number: O-827399
Unit: 360th Service Group, Student Detachment
Missing In Action (at sea)
Born to Ralph M. Sr. (1895-1964) [born in Australia] and Pauline Shearer Delaney (1899-1939). One brother, Ralph Jr. (1922-1987).
Graduated Wilbraham Academy, Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Class of 1942.
Donald was a passenger on C-46D #44-77420, 56th Squadron, 375th Troop Carrier Group. C-46D #44-77420 took off from Biak Island, Indonesia on a Cargo & Passenger mission to Dulag, Leyte, Philippines. They were not heard from after takeoff and were assumed to have crashed at sea during the war.
Airmen who perished on C-46D # 44-77420:
Allen, William G ~ SSgt, Radio Operator, Fayette, MO
Brewer, Alpheus W ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, Lumber City, GA
Critz, Thomas F ~ 2nd Lt, Passenger, Starkville, MS
Delaney, Donald C ~ 2nd Lt, Passenger, NY, NY
Havens, Edwin C ~ 2nd Lt, Passenger, Hillsdale, MI
Hill, Marshall H ~ 2nd Lt, Passenger, Indianapolis, IN
Kaul, George E ~ 2nd Lt, Passenger, Faribault, MN
Murphy, Robert E ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Stensenville, MT
Seymour, Julian H ~ TSgt, Engineer, Whiteville, TN
Spiess, William F ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, St. Paul, MN
NOTE: ALL WHO ARE LISTED AS “PASSENGER” WERE MEMBERS OF THE 360TH SERVICE GROUP, STUDENT DETACHMENT
Memorialized Walls of the Missing Manila American Cemetery, 1634 McKinley Rd, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines.