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Theodore Urban
 
Theodore Urban, 1943
Theodore Urban, 1943
 
Recent Address:  
2671 E. Eclipse Avenue, Fresno, CA 93720-4633
 
Email:  
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Family Information:  
Parents: Samuel and Bessie; Wife: Bernice; Child: Robert
 
Hometown:  
Stamford, CT
 
Date Entered Service:  
November 5, 1942
 
Service Number:  
11101816
 
Bomb Group:  
40th Bomb Group
 
Squadron:  
25th Bomb Squadron
 
Location of Unit:  
Chakulia, India; April. 1, 1944
 
Missions Flown:  
15
 
Hump Missions Flown:  
10 round trips
 
Targets:  
Anshan (2), Formosa, Hankow, Omura, Singapore, Oshima, Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe
 
Awards/Decorations:  
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Stars, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal.
 
Service Schools Attended:  
Airplane Mechanic School-Gulfport, MS Dec 1942-Jun 1943; Elec. Spec.-Chanute Field, IL- Boeing B-29 Factory Jun-Sep 1943; B-29 Armorers School-Denver, CO Sep-Oct 1943
 
Military Specialty(ies):  
MOS 1685-Airplane Electrical Mechanic-Gunner
 
Rank Upon Discharge:  
S/Sgt.
 
Crew Type:  
Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:  
42-6342 Sister Sue, 42-63420 Rankless Wreck, 42-24757 (unnamed), 42-63455 Genie
 
Were you a POW?  
No
Were you interned?  
No
Date Transferred from the 58th:  
October, 1945
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:  
October 22, 1945
 
Post-WWII Military Service:    
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Earned a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering (BME) in 1950. Worked in design, manufacture and testing of high precision electro-mechanical equipment and systems, mostly in the aerospace industry. On my last assignment I was on the team that integrated the Hubble Telescope to the space vehicle with follow-up through launch and orbital engineering tests.
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I am fortunate and proud to have participated in the activation and deployment of the revolutionary B-29 Bomber in World War II. We had problems with engines, weather and mountains, especially in the CBI where losses were heavy. The 58th persevered and helped bring an early end to the war with Japan. In subsequent years after the war, my traumatic experiences with the 58th helped me put everyday problems in proper perspective with seasoned resolutions.

I always thought that the 58th was special in World War II. This Memorial vindicates those thoughts.
 
Comments:
Three of our original crew members did not return home with us after the war ended. 2nd Lt. Clark N. Rauth, S/Sgt. Elwyn C. Gardner were both killed when they failed to parachute, after a fire in No. 4 engine spread to the wing and our plane crashed near our base in China after an aborted bombing mission to Formosa on Oct. 17, 1944. S/Sgt. James M. McCarthy, who parachuted safely, filled in a vacancy on another crew a few months later (Dec. 14, 1944) and is listed as Missing in Action over Rangoon, Burma.

This is in memory of them.

 


Ted Urban, 2003

 


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