New England Air Museum
Robert L. Novy
 
Aviation Cadet Robert Novy, 1944

Aviation Cadet Robert Novy, 1944

 

Recent Address:  

206 E. Council Trail, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056

Email:  

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Family Information:  

Parents: George and Edna; Wife: Murial; Children: Ross; Sibling: Jewel

Hometown:  

Chicago, IL

Date Entered Service:  

May, 1943

Service Number:  

36750099

Bomb Group:  

468th

Squadron:  

792nd

Location of Unit:  

Tinian - July 1945

Missions Flown:  

9

Hump Missions Flown:  

 

Targets:  

Hikari, Nagasaki, Yokohama

Awards/Decorations:  

Air Medal with Clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Service Ribbon with 4 Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Occupation Ribbon (Japan), American Theater Ribbon, more

Service Schools Attended:  

Aviation Cadet-Flight Training May 1943-May 1944; Radio Operator-Flight Crew May-Oct 1944

Military Specialty(ies):  

MOS 2756-Airborne Radio Operator Mechanic

Rank Upon Discharge:  

Staff Sergeant

Crew Type:  

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:  

42-65227 Lady Be Good, USS Pintado

Were you a POW?  

No

Were you interned?  

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:  

October, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:  

April, 1946

Post-WWII Military Service:

Joined Air Force Reserves at O'Hare Field, Chicago, IL in Sept. 1949. We were the 437th Troop Carrier Wing, flying C-46 transports. We were called to active duty when the Korean War broke out in June, 1950. We trained at Shaw AFB, SC, and Flew our aircraft to Fukuoka, Japan. We flew troops and supplies into Korea and I flew 320 Korean Liaison Operations missions over North Korea to receive radio information from our spies. Discharged Aug. 1952.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

I attended Junior College in Chicago for 1 1/2 years after discharge from WWII. I then joined Illinois Bell Telephone Co. I held a variety of jobs in the Plant Dept. and then went into the Marketing Dept. where I held various management jobs until I retired as Director/Manager of Product Forecasting for business products. My group was responsible for accurately predicting over $82 million in products and services. Retired in 1982 with 35 years of service.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I was very proud of being a flight crew member on a B-29, the biggest and the best aircraft made. The assignment to the 58th Bomb Wing gave our inexperienced crew the opportunity to interface with, and learn from, battle-hardened flight crews. We learned about pride, determination and the "can do" spirit that was ingrained into all the personnel of the 58th. For me it was a character building experience that helped throughout the rest of my life.

Comments:

I am very pleased that we veterans of the 58th Bomb Wing will have a special memorial of our own at the prestigious N.E.A.M. Having a restored B-29 and a building to house it and other memorabilia will assure that future generations will know what part our 58th Bomb Wing played in winning a victory in WWII. It is my dream that my son and daughter-in-law and my grandchildren will be able to visit the N.E.A.M. and see the B-29 and other exhibits that were so meaningful to their grandpa.

A 50-year resident of Mount Prospect, he was supportive of many community activities and citizens committees. Besides his involvement with Cub Pack 154 and the Mount Prospect Speed Skating Club, he served as president of the local Cancer Society chapter. He was elected to two terms on the School District 57 School Board and was president during four of the eight years he served. In 1982 he retired after working 35 years for Illinois Bell as manager of product forecasting. He was respected for his logical approach and evaluations of situations in the business world, school district and life in general by all who knew him. More recently, Bob was asked to serve as chairperson for School District 57 Task Force Committee, which studied the future needs of the school district. In 2003 he was honored to receive an award from INSPRA for his community service. Bob was currently serving on the pastoral relations committee of the South Church (sometimes referred to as the cute little white church with something special going on inside).

Mr. Novy passed away August 21, 2010. He is buried at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Arlington Heights, IL.

 

Robert Novy, 2003

Robert Novy, 2003

 


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