Donald Leander Putt was born May 14, 1905 at Sugar Creek, OH. He attended Sugar Creek-Shanesville High School from 1919 to 1923. He attended the Carnegi Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, PA, grduating with a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1928. While in the military, he attended the California Institute of Technology from 1937 to 1938, graduating with a M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering in 1938.
He entered the Army May 29, 1928 as a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps Reserve. He became a flying cadet June 25, 1928 at Brooks and Kelly Fields, San Antonio, TX. He was appointed second lieutenant, Air Corps, Regular Army on September 4, 1929.
A couple of years later, Putt landed at Tucson sometime between January 31 and February 10, 1932. In the context of the Register, he was flying a brand new Boeing P-12E. According to documentation from several sources detailed at Register pilot R.C. Blessey, he was part of at least 15 airplanes being ferried from Seattle, WA to Selfridge Field, MI. Please direct your browser to Blessey's page for details.
He has an official Air Force online biography and a photograph are at the link, which won't be copied here. That biography is current to 1957. A lieutenant when he visited us at Tucson, he held the rank of Lieutenant General when he passed away November 24, 1988.
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