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Walter Pytlowany
Walter Pytlowany, India, 1946
Walter Pytlowany, India, 1946
Recent Address:   8711 Beaver Lane, Bear Creek, Port Richey, FL 34668-2004
Family Information:   Parents: Stephen and Katherine; Siblings: Michael, Olga, Stella
Hometown:   Astoria, Queens, NY
Date Entered Service:   1944
Service Number:   42078304
Bomb Group:   468th Bomb Group
Location of Unit:   Bengal Air Depot; 1945-46
Missions Flown:    
Hump Missions Flown:    


Service Schools Attended:   Basic Training 1944; Rifle, Machine Gun, Handgun and Ju Jitsu Training 1944
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 555-Airplane Sheet Metal Worker, Base Fire Chief in Kharagapur & Bengal, India
Rank Upon Discharge:   Sgt.
Crew Type:    
Airplane Serial No.& Name:    
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:   1946
Date Discharged from the 58th:   June 26, 1946
Post-WWII Military Service:
New York State National Guard (Infantry) for 5 years -- 1952
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Edo Aircraft Corp., College Point, Queens -- Bench assembly and final assembly of aircraft sheet metal floats or pontoons. New York City Transit Authority -- Repair and service of NY City subways and buses, also roadcar and car inspector. Northrup Grumman Aircraft Corp., Bethpage, Long Island -- Laboratory Test Technician and worked on assembly of both wings of space shuttle Discovery. Worked at Grumman for 23 years. Retired at the age of 65.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I was proud to be a part of the 58th Bomb Wing and proud to be the base (Kharagpur) Fire Chief in late 1945 and 1946. I did my part to shut down Kharagpur and moved to Bengal Air Depot where I was assigned to Base Fire Chief and Base Taxi Service till Bengal Air Depot was shut down and we moved to Calcutta Port of Embarkation to prepare to return to New York, USA.
I have a large photograph of the Wm. Mitchell AP-114 that we went to Bombay, India, with approximately 6,000 troops aboard in 1944, and a large photo of the Kaiser Liberty Ship U.S.S. General Mark L. Hershey AP-148 that brought my outfit (599 Air Engineering Squadron, 383rd Air Service Group) to New York, USA in 1946.


Walter Pytlowany on water truck, India, 1945
Walter Pytlowany on water truck, India, 1945


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