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Lauren L. Dover

 

Lauren Dover, 1942

 

Recent Address:

10100 Highway 140, Eagle Point, OR 97524

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Family Information:

Parents: John and Eva; Wife: Georgia.

Hometown:

Corvallis, OR

Date Entered Service:

June 6, 1942

Service Number:

3930337, 0-807714

Bomb Group:

40th

Squadron:

44th

Location of Unit:

Chakulia, India (January, 1945)

Missions Flown:

27

Hump Missions Flown:

5

Targets:

Hankow, Omura, Saigon, Bangkok, Singapore (2), search mission, Rangoon, Kure (2), Nagoya (2), Hamamatsu, Tokyo (2), Yokohama, Kobe, Osaka (3), Omiya, Toyohashi, Himeji, Chiba, Sendai, Hachiogi, Imabari, Fukuyama, Hikari

Awards/Decorations:

Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, American Theater Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal

Service Schools Attended:

Basic Pilot training, Greenville, MS ; Adv. Pilot training, Blytheville, AR Jul 1943; 4-engine transition, Columbus, OH Oct 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1024-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft

Rank Upon Discharge:

1st Lt.

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-65328 Eight Ball Charlie,44-70139 Global Glamor

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

October 10, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

December 15, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

I served in the Air Force Reserve at Vancouver, WA, and later transferred to Medford, OR with duties as Personnel and Administration until my retirement on 7/10/78 with rank of Major.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

I worked for the Veterans Administration at facilities located in Vancouver, WA; Portland, OR and White City, OR in the fields of personnel, medical administration and domiciliary operations.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I, and I feel sure all members of the Wing, take pride in the fact that we made a very significant contribution to the war effort. Two missions stand out in my memory. On our way to Omura from our China base, we lost an engine, salvoed our bombs and tried to make it back to an auxiliary field. When the engine caught fire, we bailed out in a remote area of the upper Yangtze River Valley. The Chinese helped us to Ankang from which we few back to India. The other was the "search" mission where we located the remnants of a crew that had to bail out after being shot up returning from a photo recon mission to Singapore. They were in Mae West life jackets out in the Bay of Bengal. We dropped them a raft and circled until a British submarine picked them up.

Comments:

Our 40th Bomb Group formed an association and hold annual reunions of which the wife and I have attended most. We also established a scholarship fund of which 2 of our grandchildren have been recipients.

 

Larry & Georgia Dover, 1991

 


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