Me at 22 years of age, 1962
My wife, Lee and me at time of
my retirement from Northwest
A short Biography of my flying career
Welcome to the Willy Victor Page
1063 Bluff Pointe Drive
Chaska, MN 55318-1231
Donald J. "DJ" Donnarumma
In the later months of 1997, I was trying to get any information I could covering the mission of the squadron I served in while in the Navy. My squadron was AEWBARRONPAC and there didn't seem to be too much information on the net covering the "Willy Victor" (WV-2) squadrons in general. Somehow, I stumbled on a web page produced by a guy going by the "handle" of "spearman" (I figured it was some polynesian that was a throw-back to Duke Kuhanamoku, still coming by his groceries by wading out in the ocean and using a pointy stick). Turns out that "DJ" (as his friends called him) Spent many hours in the "Willy Victor" from the mid fifties to the early sixties. The guy was a radioman, a tech, an air traffic controller and a family man.
On July 6th, 1998 "DJ" passed away. Though I never met him, I considered him a friend. Through his web site and numerous "chats" on the web, I came to know a caring and quite funny fellow who gave many who knew him sunny moments and shared many happy times from his Navy past.
His interest and efforts in creating a web page called the "Willy Victor" Page was instrumental in bringing more than a few former "Willy Victor" crew members together and generating interest in a mission during the "cold war" very few folks knew about. This was the early day AWACS and it was a very successful operation.
I thought that "DJ" would be pleased to know that someone would carry on with the project he started. I will endeavor to do justice to this project in the spirit that "DJ" had intended...good information, interesting graphics and hopefully a fun time for all!