Location:
36 Perimeter Rd., Bradley Int'l Airport,
Windsor Locks,CT 06096
N 41d 56' 512" W 72d 41' 36"  
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Hours:
Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone (860) 623-3305

Admission:
Adults 12 & Up $12.00
Children 4-11 $6.50
3 & Under Free
Seniors 65 & Up $11.00

New England Air Museum
Thomas Leonard Cheek, Jr.

 

Thomas Cheek, 1944

 

Recent Address:

911 Millspring Drive, Durham, NC 27705

Email:

 

Family Information:

My ancestors fought in most America's wars beginning as a Whig against the Tories in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, two relatives, Lt. Cheek at Gettysburg, another at New Orleans, two uncles in WWI and myself and a brother in WWII Air Force.

Wife: Mary; Children: Susan,

Hometown:

Durham, NC

Date Entered Service:

August 14, 1942

Service Number:

34314191

Bomb Group:

462nd

Squadron:

768th

Location of Unit:

Walker Field, KS (1943)

Missions Flown:

I flew as an observer on the first flight of the XB-29 with Sq. Cmdr Maj. Wheeler Martin. Witnessed the crash of another XB-29. Major Martin was lost on the first flight over Japan from the Marianas.

Hump Missions Flown:

 

Targets:

Burma, Formosa, Japan, Palembang

Awards/Decorations:

Air Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, Philippine Liberation Citation

Service Schools Attended:

Air Maintenance-Keesler 1942-1943; Electronics-Chanute Field 1943; B-29 Maintenance-Boeing, Seattle,WA 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

Scanner (left) B-29-Electronics

Rank Upon Discharge:

S/Sgt

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

Linda Lou (lost at Marrakech on takeoff en route to India), 42-93830 Torrid Toby, 42-6219 (XB-29) Petrol Packin' Mama - brought back from India

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

October, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

Air Force Reserve for one year

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Dairy Products -- Processing and Distribution; Furnished Milk to Fort Bragg, Pope Field, Seymour Johnson Air Base, Camp Lee and Camp Pickett

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

1. New outlook on life and death. 2. Expanded horizons -- USA, India and China and over Japan at 2000 feet. 3. To conquer fear and face danger.

Comments:

Mr. Cheek passed away on November 7, 2008 and is buried at Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, NC

 


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