New England Air Museum
James R. Christensen

Jim Christensen, Navigation School.

Recent Address:

518 Woodside Drive, Lindale, TX 75771


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Family Information:

Parents: James and Annie, Children: Judy, James Jr., Peggy.


Concordia, KS

Date Entered Service:

April 3, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

West Field, Tinian (June, 1945)

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:





Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 Battle Stars, Air Medal with Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation with Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal

Service Schools Attended:

Navigation, Advanced and Pre-Flight Oct 1942-Mar 1943;
Radar-Bombardier Training Dec 1944-Jan 1945;
Air Electronics Officer Course Jan 1958-Oct 1958

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1038-Navigator-Bombardier, Radar, MOS 0141-Radar Officer

Rank Upon Discharge:

Lt. Colonel

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-24879 Ready Betty

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

Janaury 27, 1946

Date Discharged from the 58th:

March 10, 1946

Post-WWII Military Service:

Recalled in 1952. Attended refresher radar-bombardier training. Served as instructor in radar bombardier and navigation school. Flew in WB-29 and WB-50 doing weather recon in Alaska. Served as advisor to Greek Air Force in communications. Served three years at SAC HQ. Involved in Air Command Post Communications. Wing Communications Officer at Malmstrom AFB.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

1. Co-owner -- Electrical Contracting and Appliance Store.
2. Salesman -- Electrical supplies in Kansas.
3. Electrical estimator and project manager for major electrical contractor.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I felt I was helping to bring the war to a close. I believe our A/C Kenneth Maxwell did a good job of maintaining a well-disciplined crew which I believed helped our missions and our survival.


Crew of "Ready Betty" consisted of: A/C Kenneth Maxwell, Pilot George C. Miller, Navigator Charles Rhinehard, Bombardier Raymond Plymette, Radar Operator Jim Christensen, Engineer Cyril Taylor, Radio Operator James Kelley, Gunners Albert Lloyd, Howard Boyar, Michael Pictlola and Richard Plotzke.


Jim with "Ready Betty"


Jim Christensen, C. 2000


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