Donald W. KERR [????-????] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Donald W. KERR [????-????]

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Given: 
Donald W.
Family: 
Kerr
Sex: 
Male
Status: 
Deceased

Lieutenant Donald W. Kerr was a fighter pilot in the US Army's 14th Air Force. On Feb 11, 1944, he took part in an air raid on Hong Kong, flying a P-40 fighter plane. His plane was shot down over Kowloon, but he managed to parachute safely to ground, and hide himself before the Japanese soldiers reached the area.

Later he was found by members of the East River Column, local guerillas fighting the Japanese. They brought him to safety, traveling across the New Territories, into southern China, and finally delivering him to the BAAG.

Donald's son Dave Kerr has kindly allowed us to show extracts from his father's journal, describing his escape: http://gwulo.com/node/18844

Then in 2014 Dave invited me to join him to meet some of the villagers who'd helped save his father: http://gwulo.com/node/22320

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In June 2015, The China Daily published an article about the story, with some interesting photos: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2015victoryanniv/2015-06/05/content_2... (thanks to IDJ for the link)

In November 2015, Kerr's story was included in a local exhibition about WW2: http://gwulo.com/node/29689