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John P. Tobison

 

John P. Tobison, Tinian, 1945
 

 

Recent Address:   830 N. Atlantic Ave., B-1004, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
 
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Family Information:   Parents: R.P. and Maude; Wife: Margaret; Children: Steven, Mary, Calvin, Christine; Siblings: Roberta, Norman
 
Hometown:   Fall River, WI
 
Date Entered Service:   November 2, 1942
 
Service Number:   0826033/ 16152854
 
Bomb Group:   468th Bomb Group/ 9th BG after the war
 
Squadron:   793rd Bomb Squadron
 
Location of Unit:   Tinian; Jun 1944
 
Missions Flown:   6 including POW flight and Power Display over Tokyo
 
Hump Missions Flown:    
 
Targets:   Takarazuka
 
Awards/Decorations:   Air Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge
 
Service Schools Attended:   Aviation Cadet Jan 1943-Mar 1944
 
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   1st Lt.
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   44-70070 The 8 Ball (after assignment to 9th BG)
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:   October, 1945
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   August 20, 1946
 
 
Post-WWII Military Service:

I was recalled to active duty on Sept. 3, 1951, for 19 months and released Feb. 28, 1953. I served the entire time at Randolph Field first being trained as a B-29 Aircraft Commander for Korean conflict. I was a ground school instructor for 12 months.

On May 14th 1946, Lt. Robison set a world record by carrying a 5,000 kilogram (5.5 tons) payload to an altitude of 13,793 meters (45,252 feet).

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
I taught country school one year 1946-47 then attended college from 1947 until July 1951 receiving a BS and MS degree. I was a farmer in Wisconsin from 1953 until retiring in 1984.
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I was assigned to the 58th Bomb Wing in June 1945 until October 1945. I flew 6 missions over Japan landing twice on Iwo Jima. My first mission over the Takarazuka aircraft plant on July 24, 1945, resulted in 3 men injured, #3 & #4 engines feathered, 44 holes in airplane and landing at Iwo Jima with a totaled aircraft. The 58th Bomb Wing was a strong unit with the 468th BG a leader. Col. James Edmundson as C.O. and Major James Pattillo as Operations Officer gave great leadership.

I was assigned to the 9th BG in October 1945 and moved to Clark Field, Philippine Islands, when Tinian was closed.

 
Comments:
Mr. Tobison passed away December 14, 2006 and is buried at Hillside Cemetery, Columbus, WI

 

Crew of the "Flying 8 Ball"
 
John Tobison, 1997

 


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