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John J. "Jack" Keltz


John Keltz - 1942


Recent Address:   1560 Longview Drive, Latrobe, PA 15650
Family Information:   Parents: Charles and Lulu; Siblings: Bill, Shannon: WIfe: Kathryn (deceased), Jane; Children: Robert, William
Hometown:   Latrobe, PA
Date Entered Service:   April 29, 1940
Service Number:   20306980 and O-683143
Bomb Group:   462nd
Squadron:   770th
Location of Unit:   Walker AAF, KS - 1943
Missions Flown:   15 as Lead Crew
Hump Missions Flown:   30
Targets:   Burma, Palembang, Singapore, Manchuria, Japan.
Awards/Decorations:   Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Presidential Unit Citation, American Defense Service Medal, China War Memorial Medal (R.O.C.) 1995
Service Schools Attended:   Primary Flight School - Chickashu, OK Nov-Dec 1942; Bomb School - San Angelo AAF Apr-Jun 1943; Navigation School - Hondo AAF, TX Jun-Oct 1943
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 1035-Bombardier, MOS 1034-Navigator
Rank Upon Discharge:   1st Lieutenant
Crew Type:   Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   Lady Luck (crashed and burned), 42-24484 Our Gal
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:   March 7, 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th:   November 21, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:    
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Worked for a steel company in many different positions for 44 years.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
A job to do and I did my best with the best crew in the USAAC! I circumnavigated the earth -- saw a lot of different places that reinforced my belief that the good old USA is the best country to live in!

Volunteer -- Meals on Wheels Program; Latrobe Area Historical Society; Shepherd Shop of the Trinity Lutheran Church. Ran Food Bank several years.

Mr. Keltz passed away June 17, 2005.


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