New England Air Museum
Galpin M. (Bud) Etherington

 

Recent Address:

2697 Swiss Lane, Birmingham, AL 35226

Email:

 

Family Information:

Parents: Mathilda and Frederick; Wife: Margo; Children: Roger and Carol

Hometown:

Bedford, MA

Date Entered Service:

September, 1942

Service Number:

O-863760

Bomb Group:

40th, C-109 Provisional Unit

Squadron:

45th

Location of Unit:

Pratt, Kansas (December, 1943)

Missions Flown:

7

Hump Missions Flown:

Many

Targets:

Anshan, Mukden, Bangkok, Rangoon, Yawata

Awards/Decorations:

Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster,Purple Heart

Service Schools Attended:

Maintenance Engineer School Feb 1943; B-29 School Jul 1943; Flight Engineer School Sep 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 4823-Aircraft Engineering Officer, MOS 1028-Aircraft Observer, Flight Engineer (VHB)

Rank Upon Discharge:

1st Lt.

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6281 20th Century Unlimited,42-6295 Monsoon Minnie

Were you a POW?

Yes

If so, where?

Rangoon, Burma

Were you interned?

Yes

If so, where?

Rangoon, Burma

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

November 7, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Metallurgist; Director of Research & Development & Quality Control; General Manager of Foundry Division

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I am proud to have been a participant in the WWII activities of the 58th Bomb Wing. One of the most important things in the service was forming great close friendships that have endured through the years.

Being a Japanese POW was probably the worst experience of my life!

Comments:

Mr. Etherington passed away October 17th 2013

 


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