New England Air Museum
Justin M. Carisio, Sr.

Justin Carisio, 1945

Recent Address:

1021 Beverly Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18018



Family Information:

Parents: Zita and Giustino; Wife: Generose; Children: Patricia, Justin, Susan and Maria


Bethlehem, PA

Date Entered Service:

February 19, 1943

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

McDill AF, Tampa, FL (1944)

Missions Flown:

9 - 8 combat, 1 POW supply drop

Hump Missions Flown:



Namazu, Fukui, Kawanishi, Aomori, Hachiogi, Marcus Island, Fukuyama, Hikari


Air Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, WWII Victory Medal

Service Schools Attended:

Bombardier School Sept. 1944

Military Specialty(ies):

Bombardier (B-17 and B-29)

Rank Upon Discharge:

1st Lt.

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-65276 Raiden Maiden II

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

April, 1946

Date Discharged from the 58th:

September 4, 1946

Post-WWII Military Service:

Clark Air Field, Manila, Philippine Islands

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Academic Instructor (Public School and Community College); Plant Manager (Medical Products Company)

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

The time that I was a part of the 58th BW on Tinian in the Mariana Islands at age 21 is a part of my life during which I not only continued to grow mentally and physically, but also grew to understand people. A time and experience which helped to relieve the thoughts of being far away from home and then being asked to participate in an activity which only war can bring.

Living with men from all walks of life enabled me to develop a camaraderie which helped in my post-war association and dealings with fellow students in college and later in the work force. I'm happy to be able to continue the friendships and sharing of experiences with men of the 58th when we have our reunions. This is another opportunity to relive these days on Tinian and remember what it was like to witness concern and loyalty among the men who helped make the 58th the great and successful flying unit that it was.


Moravian College -- BA degree; Lehigh University -- MA degree

A grandson, Gerard Carisio, Air Force Academy, Class of 2003.


Justin Carisio, C.2000


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