New England Air Museum
August W. "Gus" Cline


Recent Address:

London, OH



Family Information:

Parents: Stewart R. and Hedwick F.; Siblings: Thomas, Alice; Wife: Gladys


Berlin Heights, OH

Date Entered Service:

June 29, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Salina, KS (July or August 1943)

Missions Flown:

35 total. 25 from India and China. 10 from Tinian.

Hump Missions Flown:



Anshan, Palembang, Okayama, Heiti, Omura, Dairen, Aomori, Formosa, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Rangoon, Kobe, Nagoya, Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Dumbo/Mother P-51 fighters to japan and back to Iwo Jima, Omuta, Toyohashi


Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 5 Bronze Stars,Good Conduct Medal,Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters,Distinguished Flying Cross,Sharp Shooter Badge, Battles & Campaigns: Central Burma Campaign, India-Burma Campaign, China Campaign, Western Pacific Campaign, Air Offensive Japan

Service Schools Attended:

Airplane Mechanics, Lincoln, Neb. Dec 1942; Flight Maint. Gunner, Denver. Colo. Sum 1943; B-29 Armorers, AAFTS September 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

Crew Chief, MOS 612-Airplane Armorer-Gunner

Rank Upon Discharge:

Staff Sergeant

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6409 The Uninvited, 42-24719 The Uninvited II

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

September 13, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Ohio Edison driving a line truck, setting poles and new lines and doing construction work. Eberhole-Fisher Funeral Home.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I remember fire-bombing Tokyo in 1945 on my birthday.  After the war I brought our dog and bear back with me to the States. I gave the dog to our co-pilot's wife and the bear to the doctor's wife. She put the bear in the zoo.

Mr. Cline passed away July 2, 2011.  He is buried in Birmingham Cemetery in London, OH.



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