New England Air Museum
Donald Evan Gregg

 

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Bud Gregg - WWII

 

Recent Address:

71 Eden View Road, Elizabethtown, PA 17011-3124

Email:

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Family Information:

Parents: Donald and Helen; Children: Barbara, Shirley and Ginger

Hometown:

Grove City, PA

Date Entered Service:

April 24, 1943

Service Number:

33436930

Bomb Group:

462nd

Squadron:

768th

Location of Unit:

Piardoba, India 12/2/44

Missions Flown:

27

Hump Missions Flown:

8

Targets:

Saigon, Nagoya, Hamamatsu, Tokyo, Osaka (2), Kobe (2), Amagasaki (2), Toyohashi, Kure (2), Takamatsu, Sendai, Utsonomiya, Aomori, Hachiogi

Awards/Decorations:

WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross.

Service Schools Attended:

AAFTS, Scott Field, IL 20 wks. ROM; AAFTS, Madison, WI 4 wks. ROM B-29

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 2756-Airborne Radio Operator Mechanic

Rank Upon Discharge:

Staff Sergeant

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-63457 Old Acquaintance, The Uninvited

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

November 29, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

US Government - Letter Carrier

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Rank Has Its Privileges: We found this out when landing in Piardoba, India. They immediately took our airplane from us and gave us the oldest, war-weary ship in the Squadron. We had five enlisted men flying as Corporals. Our officers were 1st Lt. A/C, 1st Lt., and other officers were 2nd Lt. These ranks held through most of our tour of duty. In spite of all our disadvantages we had a great camaraderie which held us together. The name of our ship was the "The Uninvited."

One mission flown put us in the headlines. The Flight Engineer turned on the switch to start engines and 9 tons of bombs salvoed onto the hard stand! I never saw so much "brass" in my life show up so quick. I think I even passed a couple officers on their way out of the nose well. The cause of this situation was short in the electrical system. After one Tokyo raid (5/25/45) so many things happened we thanked God we came back in one piece.

Comments:

Mr. Gregg passed away March 23, 2006 and is buried at Woodland Cemetery in Grove City, PA.

 


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