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Francis W. Nye
Frank Nye - WWII
Frank Nye - WWII
Recent Address:   10609 Royal Birkdale, N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87111-6572
Family Information:   Parents: Percy and Bessie; Wife: Maureen; Children: Cynthia, Patricia, Janet
Hometown:   Barton, VT
Date Entered Service:   July 12 1941
Service Number:   11016448 and O-437883
Bomb Group:   468th
Squadron:   794th
Location of Unit:   Salina, KS Sept. 15, 1943
Missions Flown:   36 in B-24, 98th BG, 11 B-29 in 468th and 19 B-29 w/22nd in Korean Conflict
Hump Missions Flown:   12
Targets:   First mission to Yawata, Japan (June 15, 1944); Palembang, Sumatra, (August 10, 1944) - longest combat mission in WWII.Rangoon and Bangkok with my crew
Awards/Decorations:   Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Unit Citation with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, and Theater Medals.
Service Schools Attended:   Parks Air College ; Randolph and Brooks Flying Schools Jul 1941-Feb 1942; Air War College 1956-7
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB,
Rank Upon Discharge:   Major General
Crew Type:   Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-6232 Kickapoo II
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:   October 12, 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th:   February 29, 1972
Post-WWII Military Service:
1946-49 -- Univ. of Mass. PAS &T; 1949-53 -- Sqd CO and group ops., 22nd BG, March AFB, CA; 1953-56 -- HQ SAC 1956-7 AWC; 1957-62 -- 28th BW, Ellsworth AFB, SD; 1962-66 -- D/O & C/S 15th AF, March AFB; 1966-67 -- Div. CO, 18th AD, Fairchild AFB; 1967 -- Plans and Policy, Pentagon; 1969-72, Commander, Field Command, DASA, Sandia Base, NM.
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
General Manager of Hotel Plaza, 156 room, full-service Hotel, 1972-81
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I'll never forget it! I was the 468th Bomb Group Operations Officer from January 1945 until October 1945. James V. Edmundson was the Group Commander. At the end of World War II, the 468th Bomb Group was awarded the General Billy Mitchell Flag for being the outstanding group in the 58th Bomb Wing.


Frank Nye
Frank Nye


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