New England Air Museum
Francis A. Wiese
Francis Wiese, 1945
Francis Wiese, 1945
Recent Address: 1124 Throckmorton Street, Gainesville, TX 76240
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Family Information: Parents: Frank and Clara; Wife: Clara Mae; Children: Diane, Janet, Gina, Harold, Don, Jack
Hometown: Gainesville, TX
Date Entered Service: February 3, 1943
Service Number:
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 769th
Location of Unit: Hays, KS; January or February 1944
Missions Flown: 33
Hump Missions Flown: 26
Targets: Bangkok (3), Yawata, Anshan (2), Rangoon (2), Omura, Hankow, Ganhara Bay, French Indochina, Malaya Peninsula, Singapore (2), Hiro, Nagoya, Tokyo or Tochikawa (secondary), Yokohama, Chiba, Kobe (aborted), Sendai (aborted), Utsonomiya, Namazu, Takanatiga, Aomori, Hachiogi, Toyokawa
Awards/Decorations: Presidential Unit Citation (4), Air Medal (4), Distinguished Flying Cross, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon
Service Schools Attended: Armament-Denver, CO May 1943; Central Fire Control Jul-Nov 1943;
Military Specialty(ies): MOS 580-Remote Control Turret Gunner (CFC)
Rank Upon Discharge: T/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: October, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service: None
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Worked at aircraft factory in Fort Worth about 1 year. Quit aircraft plant in 1947 and started school at Hardin College in Wichita Falls, TX. I took three courses: watch repair, engraving and jewelry repair under the GI Bill. Graduated in 1948, moved to Muenster, TX, and started my own business, "Wiese Jewelry." After 11 years, moved to Gainesville and bought Kinnes Jewelers.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
My thoughts are very simple. We bombed all the main cities of Japan until they gave up! Also bombed other targets (enclosed list of missions). According to records of the 58th Bomb Wing, we lost 690 lives. I knew some of them personally.The Hellbird book was put together by Phil Oliver of Dallas, TX. I purchased two books. I am pleased to donate one to the 58th BW Memorial museum office.
Mr. Wiese passed away April 19, 2008 and is buried at St. Peter's Cemetery, Lindsay, TX.


Francis Wiese, 1996
Francis Wiese, 1996


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