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Earl Malcolm Taber
Mal Taber c. 1943
Mal Taber c. 1943
Recent Address:   108 Runnymede Dr., Blythewood, SC 29016
Family Information:   Parents: Earle and Mary; Wife: Dorothy; Children: Jeffrey, Deborah
Hometown:   East Orange, NJ
Date Entered Service:   August 10, 1942
Service Number:   0751974
Bomb Group:   468th Bomb Group
Squadron:   794th Bomb Squadron
Location of Unit:   Kharagpur, India; July 3, 1944
Missions Flown:   35
Hump Missions Flown:   13
Targets:   Yawata, Formosa, Singapore, Rangoon, Kuala Lumpur, Palembang, Kobe, Yokahama, Tokyo, Nagoya, Utsonomiya, Tachikawa, Osaka, Kure, Sendai, Hamatsu, Okayama
Awards/Decorations:   Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation.
Service Schools Attended:   Primary Flight School, Hancock Aero Academy, CA Nov-Jan 1943; Basic Flight School, Minter Field, Bakersfield. CA Feb-Apr 1943; Advanced Flight School, New Mexico May-July 1943
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB
Rank Upon Discharge:   1st Lt.
Crew Type:   Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-24734 Miss Lead
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:    
Date Discharged from the 58th:   September 12, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:
Recalled Korean War 9/14/51 - 4/2/53. After retraining in B-29 served 1 yr. in 1738 Ferry Sqdn, Long Beach, CA. Ferried B-29s and C-119s overseas. Separated from service permanently 4/2/53
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Sales and sales management positions in Architectural, Engineering Supply and Equipment industry to retirement 1983.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
During overseas service there was neither time nor inclination to reflect on the deeper meaning of service. Only after reunions in both the 20th A. F. association and 58th Bomb Wing association have I given much thought about what we went through or what we had accomplished. (Home newspapers did a better job of reporting results of missions.) I have come to really appreciate the dedication some of our fellow veterans have toward preserving the past in their tireless efforts to assemble, print and distribute photos and stories.


Mal Taber c. 1943
Mal Taber c. 1943


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