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John A. Traczyk
John Traczyk, WWII
John Traczyk, WWII
Recent Address:   29903 Park Place Drive, Warren, MI 48093-6739
Family Information:   Parents: John, Sr. and Mary; Children: John, Janet, Monica
Hometown:   Detroit, MI
Date Entered Service:   May 17, 1943
Service Number:   36852165
Bomb Group:   468th Bomb Group
Squadron:   792nd Bomb Squadron
Location of Unit:   Tinian; May 9, 1945
Missions Flown:   23
Hump Missions Flown:   None
Targets:   Osaka, Tokyo, Kobe, Sendai, others
Awards/Decorations:   American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 2 Bronze Battle Stars, Overseas Service Bar, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Unit Citation, Air Crew Member Badge (Wings) WWII Victory Medal
Service Schools Attended:   Air Cadet Student 10 months; Aerial Gunner 8 months; APMech. Gunner 8 months
Military Specialty(ies):   AP Mechanic Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge:   Sgt.
Crew Type:   Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:    
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:    
Date Discharged from the 58th:   December 20, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:    
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Tool & Die Maker Apprentice, Journeyman and Leader until retirement in 1983.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Upon my discharge, it meant that I could live the rest of my life knowing that I fulfilled my duty to my country. It instilled a feeling of patriotism in me.
I was an Air Cadet for a while until the government decreed that they had an over abundance of Air Cadets and washed out several thousand of us. Consequently, I was trained as an Aerial Gunner and assigned to the 58th Bomb Wing as a Tail Gunner.


John Traczyk, c. 2000
John Traczyk, c. 2000


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