Frederic Donald Selbie, Jr.
United States Army Air Force
World War II
Colonel Frederic Donald Selbie, Jr.
Frederic Donald Selbie, Jr., the only son of Alta Marie Appleby and Frederic Donald Selbie, Sr. was born 20 April 1920.
Don was a senior at Princeton University on Pearl Harbor Day, 1941. He applied for and received acceptance as
Communications Cadet, with a reporting date of 29th August 1942.
He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. on the 26th of December 1942 and received further training in Radar at Harvard and MIT.
His orders were, then, to report to Pratt, Kansas, where Don joined the 25th Bomb Squadron, 40th Bomb Group, 58th Wing
and the famed B-29's.
He flew 28 missions from Chakulia, India and 4 missions from Tinian Island. At the time of his discharged, he had
achieved the rank of Captain.
In a letter, dated 3 March 2003, Don writes, "The civilian life did not take. No airplanes or radar sets. So I returned to the
Air Force and served until 1963 in the Strategic Air Command at MacDill, Ft. Worth, Albuquerque, Guam, England, Omaha,
Savanna and retired as a Colonel. It was a great life. I know this is a lie, but as I remember I enjoyed every minute of it.
After 1963, I joined the Martin Marietta Corp. and retired as a vice-president in 1986. On a leave of absence from Martin in
1975 and 1976, I served in the Office of the Ass't. Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and as the Director of the General
Defense Intelligence Program."
Special thanks to Col. and Mrs. Selbie,
and daughter, Dorrie Selbie-O'Brien
page created: 28 May 2003
revised: 5 April 2005