New England Air Museum
Robert Potter
Recent Address:   411 Jackson Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Family Information:   Parents: John and Hattie; Wife: Martha (1), Natalie (2); Siblings: Mabel, Alberta, Elizabeth, Walter, Harold, Floyd, Kenneth, Charles
Hometown:   Manchester, NY
Date Entered Service:   July 8, 1943
Service Number:   34637325
Bomb Group:   462nd Bomb Group
Squadron:   769th Bomb Squadron
Location of Unit:   Piardoba, India; Jan 3, 1945
Missions Flown:   26
Hump Missions Flown:   1
Targets:   Singapore, Saigon, Rangoon, Tokyo, Yokohama, O Shima, Nagoya, Kobe, Osaka, Nagasaki, Honshu, Toyohashi, Kure (2), Okayama, Sendai, Aomori, Namazu, Hikari
Awards/Decorations:   Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential Unit Citations (2), Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, American Theater Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal, China-Burma-India Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Air Offensive Japan
Service Schools Attended:   Aircraft Mechanic Chanute Field, IL Aug 1941-Jan 1942; B-29 Flight Engineer - Lowry Field, CO Mar-Jun 1944; B-29 Bomb Crew Training-Clovis, NM Jul-Dec 1944
Military Specialty(ies):   Instructor-Aircraft Mechanics, MOS 1028-Aircraft Observer, Flight Engineer (VHB)
Rank Upon Discharge:   Flight Officer
Crew Type:   Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:    
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:   October 11, 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th:   November 6, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:   None
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Engineer -- Textron Metals, Phillips Van Heusen
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Because we were assigned to the 58th BW, we were able to fly around the world and see the vastness of the oceans, deserts, mountains, continents and our great country. I would know how blessed we are to live in this wonderful country of the United States of America. In the 58th we were with the original B-29 crews and we were the ones who worked out the problems of this great new plane. Many new and lasting friendships were established and I feel honored to be a member of the 58th Bomb Wing.


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