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John R. Dragoni, Sr.


John Dragoni, WWII


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1702 Greenbrier Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-2574


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Family Information:

Parents: Nicolas and Angela; Wife: Ruth; Children: John, Carla


Ipswich, MA

Date Entered Service:

August, 1943

Service Number:


Bomb Group:

462nd, 40th Sqd/6th Bomb Grp; 1st Photo Recon. Sqd; 3rd Photo Recon Sqd



Location of Unit:

India (January, 1945)

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:



Singapore, Saigon, other cities in Japan


Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster,Battle Stars (5),China Defense Medal

Service Schools Attended:

Aviation Cadet Sep 1943; Gunnery School Dec 1943; Radar Navigation/Bombing Dec 1944

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 611-Aerial Gunner, MOS 866-Radar Observer

Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-24872 Jolly Roger (6th BG, 40th Sq.)

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

May, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

November, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

Three years U.S. Air Force Reserve

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

V.P. Sales & Marketing - Ammco Tools, Inc. and World Wide Travel.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Many happy thoughts. I entered the service as an 18 year old boy. I came home a wiser, more knowledgeable man. Glad I served. I appreciate life a lot more now.


If my record looks confusing, it is because I flew three combat mission out of India then the crew was sent to China to join the 1st Photo Recon. Sqdrn. Later upon returning to India was sent to Guam to join the 3rd Photo Recon. Sqdrn. I asked to be transferred to a Bomb Group and was sent to Tinian to join the 6th Bomb Group, 40th Sqdrn. And the war ended.

I did not train with a Sqdrn. Went overseas in a single replacement plane. I did not stay anywhere long enough to make long term friends.


John Dragoni


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