Name: Donald Cecil McLeod Westhaver Rank: Second LieutenantService Number: O-524254Service: United States Army Air ForceDate of Birth: June 14, 1920Place of Birth: Lunenburg County, Nova ScotiaDate of Enlistment:July 19, 1939Place of Enlistment:Unknown Address at Enlistment:Wellesley, Norfolk County, MassachusettsAge at Enlistment:19Occupation: UnknownMarital Status: Single at enlistmentNext of Kin:Mrs. Edna Westhaver (Mother)Date of Death:February 25, 1944Age:23Cemetery: Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellesley, Norfolk County, MassachusettsDonald Cecil McLeod Westhaver was the son of Clayton McLeod Westhaver (1892-1945) and Edna Jean (Urquhart) Westhaver (1892–1972). His father was born in Martins Brook, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. His mother was born on Tancook Island, Lunenburg Co., NS. Donald married Margie Ellen Backus (1925–2021) in 1943.After enlisting in the US Army Air Force in 1939, Donald was stationed at Pearl Harbor in 1940, and was there at the time of the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941. His brother John McLeod Westhaver was also at Pearl and was wounded during the enemy attack on the Islands.Three years later, while stationed at the Las Vegas Army Airfield in Nevada, Second Lieutenant Cecil Westhaver, pilot, was killed aboard US Army Air Corps B-17G Flying Fortress #42-31324 in a mid-air collision with an AT-6 Texan trainer aircraft, fifteen miles north-west of the Vegas airfield.Ten other airmen aboard the Donald’s B-17 perished. They were:Second Lieutenant Court B LakeCo-PilotStaff Sergeant Robert T KingFlight EngineerStaff Sergeant Ralph E WarfordGunnery InstructorPrivate First Class Peter Merich Jrstudent gunnerSergeant Richard H Minerstudent gunnerSergeant Joseph F Triscoristudent gunnerPrivate First Class Lavern R Freelandstudent gunnerPrivate George O Pattersonstudent gunnerPrivate Robert E L Pattersonstudent gunnerPrivate Leonard G Patterson student gunnerThe tail gunner on the B-17, who was trapped in his compartment when the tail section was severed off, survived the fall to earth.The pilot of the other aircraft involved (the AT-6 Texan #41-15967), Carlton H Kleiser, was killed by the collision. Both Donald’s father Clayton McLeod Westhaver and brother John McLeod Westhaver died in the Pacific when their transport aircraft crashed at Makinato air strip on Okinawa on October 7, 1945.