New England Air Museum
Paul F. Petersen
Recent Address:   1491 Clarence Street, St. Paul, MN 55106
Family Information:   Parents: Carl and Vera; Siblings: Harriet, Claude, Ralph, William, Walter
Hometown:   Dundee, NY
Date Entered Service:   February 4, 1944
Service Number:   12239722
Bomb Group:   462nd Bomb Group
Squadron:   768th Bomb Squadron
Location of Unit:   Piardoba, India; November 1944
Missions Flown:   28
Hump Missions Flown:   7
Targets:   Tokyo, Kure, Osaka, Hamamatsu, many others too numerous to mention -- all without any personal injury or severe aircraft damage.
Awards/Decorations:   Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 1 Silver Star, Good Conduct Medal, New York State Commemoration Medal
Service Schools Attended:   Gunnery School, Tyndall Field, FL Apr-Jun 1944;
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge:   Sgt.
Crew Type:   Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-24919 Uninvited
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:    
Date Discharged from the 58th:   November 27, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:   None
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Boat Builder, Penn Yan Boats, Penn Yan, NY; Gannet Farms, Rochester, NY; Maintenance, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY; Foreman's Collision Service; Woody's Collision, Rochester, NY; Darner Chrysler/Plymouth, Mesa, AZ; Berge Ford, Mesa, AZ; Jays Cabinet Shop, Gilbert, AZ; Keyser Auto Body, Higley, AZ
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

The 58th Wing, 462nd Group, 768th Squadron was the best outfit to belong to. Our Group Commander, Col. Kalberer, was tops. Our group was the "Hellbird" group. Many memories are associated with the 58th Wing. We had good times along with some bad. Overall my time with the 58th was both inspirational and educational. Thanks to the 462nd slogan: "Red tails in the sunset, way up in the blue, the 462nd will always come through."


The poem entitled "The Uninvited Crew" written by Paul Petersen is available in the 58th Bomb Wing Memorial Office.


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