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Donald Jandernoa collection

Identifier: RHC-172

Scope and Contents

Collection contains materials documenting Donald Jandernoa’s service in the United States Air Force as a Pilot and Commander of a B-24 Liberator within the 454th Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force. Dates of materials range from 1943 to 2014. Material from World War II includes Jandernoa’s Pilot Rating Book, a manual on Instrument Flying, two maps of Central and Southern Europe, an Organization Chart of the 15th Air Force, and The Jabberwock, a book about life at Moody Air Field in 1944. Material in this collection post-World War II include Jandernoa’s collection of B-24 and 454th Bombardment Group information, comprised of several magazines and newspaper articles.

Interested in the Tuskegee Airmen and their service during World War II, Jandernoa also has several copies of “The Hawks Cry II,” a newsletter published by the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., of which Jandernoa was a member. Correspondence found within this collection deal largely with the GVSU Veteran’s History Project, in which Jandernoa was a participant. Also included within this collection are several World War II era military hats, an Army sewing kit, and a 50mm machine gun shell.


  • 1943 - 2014


Access to the Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

The collection is the physical property of Grand Valley State University, but all literary rights are retained by the original creators of materials, their estates, heirs, or third parties. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure appropriate permissions for publication beyond the bounds of fair use.

Biographical Notes

Donald L. Jandernoa (1924-2016) was a Grand Rapids life insurance agent and World War II veteran. Jandernoa enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and later became a pilot and Commander of a B-24 Liberator flying in the 454th Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force. Jandernoa flew 23 missions in the European Theater during World War II. On January 31, 1945 Donald and his crew bailed out of their damaged plane into the Adriatic Sea near the Isle of Hvar, and were rescued by Yugoslavian fishermen. Upon returning to the United States, Donald married Patricia Loftus (1924-1994) and together had five children. In 1996 Donald married Lois Lehman (1939).

Information regarding Donald Jandernoa was obtained from Zaagman Memorial Chapel and the Grand Rapids Press.


1.25 Linear feet (1 carton)


Arrangement of materials is roughly chronological.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lois Jandernoa, 2017. Transferred to the archives by Frank Boring.
Donald Jandernoa papers
Matthew Lawrence and Annie Benefiel
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States