Decatur County

Pvt. Preston McDonald




Pvt. Preston McDonald, pictured, recently graduated from an aerial gunnery school at Harlington army air field, Harlington, Texas, and received his silver wings. He was prepared for his place in America’s stepped-up air offensive by a comprehensive six weeks course in every phase of aerial gunnery warfare. Besides learning to fire every type of weapon from camera guns to the deadly .50 caliber Browings, he studied turret manipulation, aircraft identification as was taught to tear down and assemble machine guns while blindfolded.

He is the son of Mrs. Preston McDonald, of Davis City.

Source: Leon Journal-Reporter, November 1943 (photo included)

Source: Decatur County Women's Auxilary WWII Scrapbook; Submission by Decatur County Historical Museum, Leon IA, Sara Rose Joan LeFleur, June of 2016