New England Air Museum
Joseph P. Maskalunas
 
Recent Address:   740 Carol Street, New Cumberland, PA 17070
 
Email:    
 
Family Information:   Parents: Peter and Susan; Wife: Alma
 
Hometown:   Minersville, PA
 
Date Entered Service:   December 16 1940
 
Service Number:   13008826
 
Bomb Group:   444th
 
Squadron:   677th
 
Location of Unit:   Great Bend, KS - December 1943
 
Missions Flown:   Don't remember
 
Hump Missions Flown:   Don't remember
 
Targets:   Kawanishi, Nagoya, Hamamatsu, Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe (received Purple Heart) others.
 
Awards/Decorations:   Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Distinguished Unit Badge with 6 Oak Leak Clusters.
 
Service Schools Attended:   Aircraft Mechanics, Chanute Field, IL 1941; B-29 Armament, Lowry Field, CO 1943; NCO Academy, 8th Air Force, MA 1958
 
Military Specialty(ies):   Aircraft Mechanic / B-29 Right Gunner, B-29 Tail Gunner / B-29 Crew Chief
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   Master Sergeant
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-63375 Her Majesty
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:   September 1945
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   1961 (retired)
 
Post-WWII Military Service:
Berlin Airlift, 1948; B-29s in Korean War, Aug 1950 to Mar 1951
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
A/C Mechanic, Olmsted Field; Helicopter Mechanic, New Cumberland Army Base
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
From the coal mines of Pennsylvania to world travel with occasional stops to get shot at -- how can you beat that?
 
Comments:
Mr. Maskalunas passed away March 19, 2006 and is buried at Rolling Green Memorial Park, Camp Hill, PA.

 


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