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Edward James Bride


Sgt. Edward Bride 1945

Recent Address:

70 Laurel Street, Manchester, CT 06040

Email:

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Family Information:

Michael & Ann Bride- parents; Isabel J. Bride- wife

Hometown:

Bristol, CT

Date Entered Service:

September 18, 1942

Service Number:

31341059

Bomb Group:

468th

Squadron:

794th

Location of Unit:

Kharagpur, India (September, 1944)

Missions Flown:

12 missions in XXth Bomber Command; 20 missions in XXIst Bomber Command

Hump Missions Flown:

Was temporarily assigned to the C-109 Provisional Tanker Group

Targets:

Numerous in CBI; Marianas: Kobe (2), Nagoya (2), Tokyo (2), Yokomana (1), Osaka (2), Omuta (1), Toyohachi (1), Kure (2), Okayama (1), Takamatsu (1), Sendai (1), Utsonomiya (1), Fukui (1), Takarazaka (1), Amori (1)

Awards/Decorations:

Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Theater with 6 stars

Service Schools Attended:

Navy preflight air school 10/1942; Army Air Corp 3/1943; Central Fire Control 12/1943

Military Specialty(ies):

CFC Gunner

Rank Upon Discharge:

Staff Sgt

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

"Wham Bam" 42-24469, "Univited" 42-6409, "Windy City II" 42-24486, "Flying Jackass" 42-24580

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

August 25, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

November 1, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Pratt & Whitney Company- Quality Control

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

My Father was very proud of his service to his country and his association with the members of his crew.

Comments:

Mr. Bride passed away December 8, 2005 and is buried at East Cemetery in Manchester, CT.

 


Sgt. Bride and crew

 


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