New England Air Museum
Oiva V. Pakka
Recent Address:   2163 Braun Court, Golden, CO 80401-2127
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Family Information:   Parents born in Finland, coming to America in 1913 and became naturalized citizens. They became farmers in northern Minnesota and I graduated High School in Floodwood, MN in 1939.
Hometown:   Butte, MT
Date Entered Service:   November 1942
Service Number:   O-2061036
Bomb Group:    
Location of Unit:   Kharagpur, India; Jan 1945
Missions Flown:   17
Hump Missions Flown:   3 (two for gas delivery)
Targets:   Mine Shanghai harbor.
Awards/Decorations:   Presidential Unit Citation, Air Medal, Western Pacific Theater with 5 Battle Stars.


Service Schools Attended:   AF Cadets Jul 1943; Celestial Navigation Aug 1943; Bombardier & Radar Jun 1944
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 1038-Navigator-Bombardier, Radar,
Rank Upon Discharge:   1st Lieutenant
Crew Type:   Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   #3701
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:   Oct 8, 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th:   Oct 8, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:   In active reserves until 1950.
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Accountant -- oil industry.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Proud of my service. Wouldn't want to do it again, but wouldn't take it away either.


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