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Frank W. McKinney
Frank McKinney, Sept. 1944
Frank McKinney, Sept. 1944
Recent Address: 9812 Gardenia Court, El Paso, TX 79925-4629
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Family Information: Parents: Albert and Grace; Wife: Irma; Children: Pamela, Patricia, Priscilla, Paula, Penny, Mary Lou, Frank
Hometown: El Paso, TX
Date Entered Service: May 20, 1942
Service Number: 18089705 and 459120209
Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron: 44th
Location of Unit: Pratt AAF, KS - October 1943
Missions Flown: 23
Hump Missions Flown: 18
Targets: Anshan, Mukden, Formosa, Rangoon, Singapore
Awards/Decorations: Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 6 Battle Stars, I was also awarded a pair of Chinese Air Force Wings by Commander in Chief, General Lin Wen-Li (ROCAF). I was also awarded the China Service Ribbon.
Service Schools Attended:
Military Specialty(ies): MOS 1036-Navigator-Bombardier,
Rank Upon Discharge: 1st Lt. / Colonel (Ret.)
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6250 Bombin' Buggy, 42-24541 Bombin' Buggy II
Were you a POW? No
Were you interned? No
Date Transferred from the 58th:
Date Discharged from the 58th: 1/1/74 from Reserve
Post-WWII Military Service:
Continued service in Air Force Reserve -- retired as Commander of a Security Police detachment.
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Licensed Public Accountant in Texas. I operated my own accounting and tax service from WWII until I retired on December 14, 1980.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I have always appreciated serving in the military, being associated with so many like-minded individuals and making friends that will last a lifetime. Serving gave me opportunities to learn and do things that would never have happened otherwise. I was personally congratulated by General Curtis E. LeMay for destroying a dry dock and floating dry dock at Singapore. This event was cited in official history of Army Air Forces in WWII.
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