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Norman E. Pickard
Norman Pickard, WWII
Norman Pickard, WWII
Recent Address:   1524 Boulevard Park, Lane S.E., Lacey, WA 98503
Family Information:   Parents: Edna and Thomas; Wife: Patricia; Children: Christine, Alice, Brian; Sibling: Frank
Hometown:   Seattle, WA
Date Entered Service:   Mar 7, 1942
Service Number:  
Bomb Group:   468th bomb Group
Squadron:   793rd Bomb Squadron
Location of Unit:   Salina, KS
Missions Flown:   31
Hump Missions Flown:   9 or 10
Targets:   Kobe (2), Nagoya (2), Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka (5), Tomioka, Chiba, Sendai, Aomori, Hachiogi
Awards/Decorations:   Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Battle Stars - India, Burma, China
Service Schools Attended:   Primary Flight Aug-Sep 1942; Bombardier Apr 1943; Navigation Apr-Aug 1943
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 1035-Bombardier, MOS 1034-Navigator
Rank Upon Discharge:   1st Lt./Maj.
Crew Type:   Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-6229 (unnamed), 42-24737 Pioneer II. 42-6265 Raiden Maiden, 42-6370 Lethal Lady, 42-63356 Lassie, 42-63460 Lassie Too
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:   October 1945?
Date Discharged from the 58th:   January 6, 1946
Post-WWII Military Service:
Recalled on 7/2/51. Squadron Officers Course, Maxwell AFB, Apr 1952 - Jun 1953
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Teacher, Principal and Administrator (Asst. Superintendent) in Seattle, WA Public Schools
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Major Norman E. Pickard is very proud to have served his country.
The following is a story Norm enjoyed telling: One night he was assigned the duty of guarding his airplane. In addition, guarding the general area of the field were some of the famous fierce Indian Gurkha fighters. During the night of duty, Norm, in order to rest his feet, sat down and leaned his back against the nose wheel. There was absolute silence. Suddenly Norm felt a tap on his shoulder. When he glanced up a voice (with a smile in it) asked, "Time, Sahib?"

Mr. Pickard passed away March 7, 2009 at Olympia, WA.


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