New England Air Museum
James M. Silcox
Recent Address: 7328 Simsbury Drive, West Bloomfield, MI 48322
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Family Information:
Hometown: Grand Junction, CO
Date Entered Service: Jan 6, 1942
Service Number: 0664068
Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron: 45th
Location of Unit: Chakulia, India; June 1944
Missions Flown: 50
Hump Missions Flown:
Targets:
Awards/Decorations: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 4 Battle Stars, Presidential Unit Citation
Service Schools Attended: Primary Flight-Hick Field, Ft. Worth, TX Mar-Apr 1942; Basic Flight-Goodfellow Filed, San Angelo, TX May-Jun 1942; Advanced Flight-Lake Charles, LA Jul-Aug 1942
Military Specialty(ies): Pilot-Single Engine Basic Instructor, Pilot-4-Engine Instructor B-24, B-29 A/C
Rank Upon Discharge: Maj./ Lt. Col. (Res.)
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-63407 Shoot You're Faded, 42-93859 Shag'n Home
Were you a POW? No
Were you interned? No
Date Transferred from the 58th:
Date Discharged from the 58th:
Post-WWII Military Service:
Stayed in active reserve completing 23 years for retirement. Served as Commanding Officer for the local reserve unit for approximately 5 years. Rank of Lt. Colonel on retirement, 9/18/78.
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
After being released from Active Duty, I managed the family Retail Furniture Store for more than 40 years. The store was in operation for 102 years through the 4th generation. Business closed in 1999.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Comments:
The early B-29's had multiple problems primarily with engines overheating, oil leaks, etc. As a result, on leaving the States for India, we carried a spare engine in the forward bomb bay. I like to think it was the only 5-engine aircraft in service. I used my spare engine on the way over in Natal, Brazil.

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