SGT Donald Walter Sang

  • Branch: Army
  • Hometown/City: Clifton, NJ
  • Date of Birth: 07-31-1923
  • Date of Death:
  • Conflict: WWII
  • Unit: 734th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 453rd Bombardment Group (Heavy), 8th Army Air Force
  • Port/Base: Old Buc Air Field, England

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  • I never had the privilege of meeting you. I may have not known how you lived your life and I don't have a true understanding of your character, but I know how you spent your last moments. I will always cherish what you did for this country and will carry out your unfinished work for as long as I may live.


    Sergeant Donald W. Sang distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight as a Tail Gunner assigned to the 734th Bombardment Squadron, 453rd Bombardment Group, Eighth Air Force, United States Army Air Forces, during a combat mission over Germany, 21 July 1944. On that date, while over enemy-held territory high above Germany, Sergeant Sang risked his life above and beyond the call of duty. While flying at 25,000 feet, Sergeant Sang's aircraft and the rest of the 453rd Bombardment Group ran into high clouds and bad weather with poor visibility, inhibiting the pilot's ability to view the area around their aircraft, causing Sergeant Sang's aircraft to collide with another B-24 Liberator in the same formation. After the collision, Sergeant Sang assisted the waist gunner in strapping on his parachute in the spinning aircraft and stated, "I will be right behind you", as the waist gunner bailed out of the doomed bomber. It is believed that Sergeant Sang next helped the Radio Operator/Waist Gunner, who was last seen by the other waist gunner laying on the ground in the waist of the aircraft, secure his parachute, even as the aircraft plunged perilously to the earth. Civilian German eyewitnesses later confirmed seeing two men jump from the B-24 approximately 200-meters (650 feet) from the ground--so close to the ground, their parachutes failed to open, fatally injuring the airmen. One of these airmen was identified as Sergeant Sang, the other was the Radio Operator/Waist Gunner he had been assisting. The outstanding heroism and selfless sacrifice displayed by Sergeant Sang in his devoted service to his nation and fellow airmen reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Force.

    Robert Rumsby, Nephew