Donald Wilson

General Officer
Born Sep 25, 1892

Donald Wilson was a United States Army Air Forces general during World War II. Wilson enlisted in the Maryland National Guard as a private in 1916 and served with it on the Mexican border and the Western Front during World War I before transferring to the United States Army Air Service. After the war, he obtained a regular commission. Already qualified as an aerial observer, he became a pilot in 1922.… Read More

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1892 Birth Born on September 25, 1892.
1899 6 Years Old John Wilson worked a number of odd jobs before becoming a mail carrier with the Baltimore Post Office in 1899. … Read More


1910 17 Years Old In 1910, he went to work as a surveyor for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. … Read More


He was promoted to first lieutenant on 23 April 1918. … Read More
1919 26 Years Old He was assigned to the 186th Aero Squadron at Weißenthurm (Weissenthurm) in May 1919, returned to the United States in July, and was discharged from the Army on 15 August 1919. … Read More
1920 27 Years Old In 1920, Wilson applied for and received a Regular Army commission in the Air Service, into which he was commissioned as a first lieutenant on 1 July 1920. … Read More
1922 29 Years Old In 1922, he was sent to Carlstrom Field, Florida for primary pilot training and then to Kelly Field, Texas for advanced training. … Read More


1924 31 Years Old From 1924 to 1927, he served in Washington, DC, in the Office of the Chief of the Air Service. … Read More
1929 36 Years Old On return to the United States in 1929, Wilson was posted to the Air Corps Tactical School at Langley Field, Virginia as an instructor.
1931 38 Years Old In 1931 the school moved to Maxwell Field, Alabama, where he was promoted to major on 1 February 1932. … Read More


1936 43 Years Old …  After graduation he returned to the Air Corps Tactical School as Director of the Department of Air Tactics and Strategy, and was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 16 June 1936.
1938 45 Years Old From November 1938 to March 1939, he was also assistant commandant of the school. … Read More
1940 47 Years Old In May 1940, he was transferred to the Plans Division of the War Department General Staff, which was headed by Brigadier General Leonard T. Gerow. … Read More
1942 49 Years Old In September 1942, Wilson became chief of staff of Major General George Kenney's Allied Air Forces, Southwest Pacific Area and Fifth Air Force. … Read More


1943 50 Years Old The loss of Brigadier General Kenneth N. Walker over Rabaul in January 1943 and then his successor, Brigadier General Howard K. Ramey on a reconnaissance mission in March did not dampen Wilson's desire to accompany a mission, and he tagged along as a passenger on a B-24 on a bombing raid on Rabaul. … Read More
1944 51 Years Old In March 1944, Arnold asked for Kenney to return Wilson to work on his own staff. … Read More
In February 1945, Wilson was present at the Battle of Iwo Jima as an official Army Air Forces observer.


1973 80 Years Old …  Discharged on the grounds of disability with the rank of major general, he retired to Carmel, California, where he wrote and published his memoirs, entitled Wooing Peponi, in 1973.
1978 86 Years Old He died on 21 June 1978. … Read More
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