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Roger L. Sandstedt
Roger Sandstedt, Tinian, Sept. 1945

 

Recent Address: 12982 Huntbridge Forest Drive, St. Louis, MO 63131-1305
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Family Information: Parents: Alfred and Lillie
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Date Entered Service: February 25, 1943
Service Number: 17115792
Bomb Group: 468th Bomb Group
Squadron: 792nd Bomb Squadron
Location of Unit: Kharagpur, India; Nov 20, 1944
Missions Flown: 26
Hump Missions Flown: 2 round trips and 1 single trip on way to Tinian
Targets: Bankok, Singapore, Nagoya, Tokyo (2), Yokohama, Osaka (2), Kobe, Omuta, Toyohashi, Kure (2), Okayama, Takamatsu, Utsonomiya, Namazu, Fukui, Takarozuka, Aomori, Hachioji, Saga, Fukuyama, Ukori
Awards/Decorations: Air Offensive Japan, China Campaign, Eastern Mandates, Central Burma Campaign, India-Burma Campaign, Purple Heart, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Dinstinguished Flying Cross, WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 5 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal
Service Schools Attended: Aircraft Armorer, May-Jun 1943; GE Fire Control System, Aug-Oct 1943
Military Specialty(ies): MOS-580- Remote Control Turret Machine Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge: T/Sgt.
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-65227 "Lady Be Good" until July 1945 then 44-61703 "O'Reilly's Daughter II". After the war Col. Edmundsen took #703 from our crew and put "O'Reilly's Daughter II" on its nose- referred to his wife.
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):
Attended University (P.L. 16-- Disabled Veteran) graduated Kansas State University in 1949--BS in Electrical Engineering. Worked as Engineer and in several engineering management positions. Retired from Monsanto Corporate Engineering Dept. as an Engineering Director in December 1985. Technical Director of Cable Tray Institute (Trade Organization) 1986-1997.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I got to travel all the way around the world and experienced many sights and adventures. Africa, India and China were very interesting. I volunteered for combat three times. I took the hit of three explosive machine gun bullets at Singapore. Two went deep into my left shoulder. On this mission Humphrey (468th BG) and Wilson (444 BG) were shot down. Hit on January 11, 1945, came back to my unit near the end of March and started flying again even though the medics said I should be on limited service until July. Never missed a mission even though I had problems with my left arm and shoulder and some sight problems. I lost some high quality friends which is the thing I most regret. I wish I had never been wounded as it caused me lifelong eye and other problems. I have written a book My B-29 Story, 660 pages. Self-published in September, 2003.
Comments:
Given name on birth certificate I Lawrence R.

 

Getting hair cut on Tinian by T/Sgt. Ralph Holton

 

At Boeing plant in Wichita, 2000

 


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