Donna Esposito

Author of the Novel

Flying Time




Donna Esposito grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, not far from the homes of James A. Michener, Margaret Mead, Pearl S. Buck, and Oscar Hammerstein II. She earned an undergraduate degree in molecular biology from Lehigh University (where she hosted “Sunday Swing” on the campus radio station, WLVR) and a doctoral degree in genetics from Cornell University (where she enjoyed learning to jitterbug and Lindy Hop when she wasn’t in the laboratory). 

Donna’s interest in World War II stems from seeing a local production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific when she was nine years old. Since then, she has had an avid interest in all aspects of World War II history and popular culture of the 1930s and 1940s.

Donna has visited WWII sites in Sicily, Papua New Guinea, Palau, the Marianas, and Solomon Islands, where she participated in the recovery of remains from an MIA soldier and attended the Guadalcanal 75th Anniversary commemoration events in August 2017. Donna has previously served as director of the library and archives at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Glenville, NY and as a researcher for nonprofit organizations dedicated to finding MIAs. In addition to her personal writing and research projects, she volunteers for the South Pacific World War II Museum on Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu.




10 July 2021 at The Schenectady Trading CompanyLocal Author Festival You can find Flying Time there any time - shop local!

29 February 2020 at The Schenectady Trading Company: Meet the Author Series with Donna Esposito. 11 am- 2 pm

April 20, 2019 at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum: "Lt. John Mancini - Missing in action WWII F-5 Photo Reconnaissance Pilot"

Sept. 21, 2018 at the 5th Bomb Group (H) Reunion in Albuquerque, NM:
Presentation by Donna Esposito about her April 2018 trip to New Ireland to identify a B-24 Liberator Bomber

May 19, 2018 at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum: Fly-in Breakfast with Presentation by Donna Esposito about her April 2018 trip to New Guinea with Pacific Wrecks 


15 February 2020 at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum: “STAG-1: The US Navy’s Secret Drone Project in WWII”


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