Marine Corps Fighter Pilot
Two-Time "Ace in a Day"
Archie Donahue distinguished himself during World War II as a Marine Corps fighter pilot and leader. He shot down 14 enemy aircraft primarily flying the F4U Corsair and twice became an ‘Ace in a Day’ by downing five airplanes in one day. Donahue completed 215 combat missions and received the Navy Cross and six Distinguished Flying Crosses with two Gold Stars. After the war, Donahue opened the Texas City Airport and became heavily involved in the historic aircraft preservation movement with what is now the Commemorative Air Force.