New England Air Museum
Thomas J. Decker

 

Recent Address:

Branchville, NJ

Email:

 

Family Information:

Parents: Hosea and Mary; Wife: Harriet; Children: Thomas and Ford

Hometown:

Branchville, NJ

Date Entered Service:

January 12, 1942

Service Number:

 

Bomb Group:

40th

Squadron:

395th/45th

Location of Unit:

 

Missions Flown:

 

Hump Missions Flown:

 

Targets:

 

Awards/Decorations:

Distinguished Flying Cross, four Bronze Stars, the Asian-Pacific Theater Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Air Medal with one cluster

Service Schools Attended:

 

Military Specialty(ies):

Pilot

Rank Upon Discharge:

 

Crew Type:

Flight crew with Captain William Howard

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

 

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

 

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Tom worked for his father and uncles as a builder and flew part time for Scripps Howard Newspaper. He then joined Selective Insurance Company, where he worked as a claim adjuster, retiring after 42 years of service. He also served as a former Building Inspector for Branchville.

Comments:

Mr. Decker passed away August 25, 2010 and is buried at Branchville Cemetery, Branchville, NJ

 


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