461st Bombardment Wing (H)

Colonel Daniel V. Macdonald


Daniel V. Macdonald was born 11 December 1919 inMarquette, Michigan.  He lived in Portland Oregon from 1921 to 1937.  He graduated from Grant High School, Portland, Oregon in 1937.  He attended the University of California at Los Angeles from 1937 to 1940.  He entered the Army Air Corps in 1940 as a Flying Cadet.  He graduated from Kelly Field Advanced Flying School, San Antonio, Texas in November 1940.

Military Assignments
1940-1942 Flying instructor at Kelly Field
1942-1943 Trained in B-17 Flying Fortress and flew 52 combat missions, 350 combat hoours, in North Africa and Italy as Squadron Commander.  Participated in the following campaigns: Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, and air war in the Balkans.
1944-1945 Director of Operations and Training at B-29 Combat Crew Training School, Grand Island, Nebraska
1946-1947 Attended UCLA in active military status.  Received B.A. in International Relations.
1948-1950 Staff Officer in SAC Operational Plans Branch, Operations Division, Headquarters USAF, Washington, D.C.
1951 Staff Officer in the Northern European Regional Planning Committee, Joint American Military Advisory Group, London, England.
1951-1953 Chief of Plans Division in Headquarters, Allied Air Forces, Central Europe, Fontainebleau, France, under General Norstad.
1953-1956 Staff Officer on Evaluation Staff, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
1956-1958 Deputy Commander, 6th Bomb Wing, Walker AFB, New Mexico (SAC).
Jan-Jul 59 Senior SAC Representative to the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Theater, at Strategic Air Command X-Ray, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Sep 59 to Present Commander, 4128th Strategic Wing, Amarillo AFB, Texas.
  2nd Lieutenant - December 1940
  1st Lieutenant - April 1942
  Captain - October 1942
  Major - September 1943
  Lt. Colonel - May 1945
  Colonel - January 1951
  Distinguished Flying Cross
  Air Medal and 9 Oak Leaf Clusters
  Presidentiial Unit Citation
  Carious Campaign Ribons
Rated Command Pilot
  Over 5,000 flying hours
  Over 1,000 jet flying hours
Member Of
  Phi Delta Theta
  Caterpillar Club

Married in 1948 to Ruth Wilson of Portland, Oregon, who graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland in 1944; Stephens College of Columbia, Missouri in 1946; and Mt. Holyoke College of South Hadley, Massachusetts in 1948.