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Harold Dana Gillett


Harold Dana Gillett, 1943


Recent Address:

9009 E. Calle Norlo, Tucson, AZ 85710


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Family Information:

Parents: Harold and Rosamond; Wife: Betty; Children: 2; Siblings: 3


Binghamton, NY

Date Entered Service:

June 10, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Salina, KS - April 15 1944

Missions Flown:

12 combat missions - down on 13th mission.

Hump Missions Flown:





Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal, WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, POW Medal, Silver Star

Service Schools Attended:

Airplane Electical Specialist ; Airplane Electrical Mechanic Gunner ; B-29 Armament

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 611-Aerial Gunner,

Rank Upon Discharge:

Master Sergeant

Crew Type:

Flight crew  and Ground crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6279 Postville Express

Were you a POW?


If so, where?

Singapore, Malaya

Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

January 14, 1946

Post-WWII Military Service:

AF Reserve 11/13/47 to 11/12/51

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Owner of Gillett Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Douglas, AZ for 34 years.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Dana was very proud to have been a B-29 crew member and gave the best he had. Also pleased to have been with Major Donald Humphrey and the rest of crew on "The Postville Express".


Harold Dana Gillett died on January 25, 1988, in Tucson, AZ due to post traumatic syndrome plus P.O.W. related causes.  He is buried at the Julia Page Memorial Park in Douglas, AZ


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