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Saturday, May 3, 2014

NEA/DL Capt. William J. Donahue

NEA/DL Capt. William J. Donahue
June 21, 1927 ~ April 25, 2014
Notification with the passing of retired NEA/DL pilot Captain William John ‘Bill’ Donahue, age 86.  Captain Donahue joined Northeast Airlines 06-20-1956 and was based BOS.  He was the recipient of a civil aviation award and the Daedalian trophy in 1967.   Captain Donahue, his crew and passengers, all survived a freak accident on February 24, 1967 when their DC-6 en route from PHL to BOS suffered an explosive decompression... a huge fuselage section came off and struck one of the engines causing a propeller blade to break off ... a safe emergency landing was made at New York ... ship N8224H.   You can read more online at  http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19670224-0  or  http://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc198862/ 
Captain Donahue was widowed in November 2007 with the passing of his wife Dorothea ‘Dot’.  The Donahues had most recently resided in Jupiter FL and Dunbarton NH. 
Arrangements are not known.  Should we hear more news we will be sure to post the information on our blogspot at http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN  Gone West communicator
Sent: Sunday, April 27, 2014 4:49 PM   Subject: Passing of Captain William "Bill" Donahue NEA/DL YELLOWBIRD
Word has been received of the passing of Captain William "Bill" Donahue of Jupiter, Florida, NEA/DL, retired.  He passed away on April 25.  He started his career with Northeast Airlines in
June, 1955 and retired from Delta in June, 1985, after 30 years of service.   Captain Donahue was an original member of the Yellowbird Chapter of the Delta Pioneers at it's founding in 1996. At the present, No arrangements, if any, have been announced.

J J Maynard ­  

A Daedalian trophy and award presented annually to the captain and/crew of a United States certified commercial airline that has, in the opinion of the Daedalian Awards Committee based on recommendations from, the Airline Pilots Association, the Air Transport Association, the Allied Pilots Association and the Southwest Pilots Association, demonstrated the most outstanding ability, judgment and/or heroism above and beyond normal operational requirements during the preceding calendar year.
Only the names of the captains of the airline crews who have won the award are listed below. It should be recognized, however, that crew teamwork is a vital factor in exceptional performance.
..........RECIPIENTS ....................
1967 William J. Donahue, Northeast Airlines

Donahue, Dorothea: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) - Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Deceased Name: Donahue, Dorothea

Donahue, Dorothea, 81, of Jupiter, FL passed away on November 10, 2007. Neptune Society Cremation.*
Dorothea N. Donahue: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record
Name: Dorothea N. Donahue
State of Issue: Massachusetts
Date of Birth: Monday  August  09, 1926
Date of Death: Saturday  November  10, 2007
Age at Death: 81 years, 3 months, 1 days
Last known residence: City:  Jupiter , Florida ZIP Code:  33478

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