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Ivan Leroy Bodie


S/Sgt. Ivan Bodie, WWII

Recent Address:

403 Fifth St., S.W., State Center, IA 50247-2021

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Family Information:

Parents: William and Nellie; Wife: Barbara; Children: Steven, Bruce.

Hometown:

Los Angeles, CA

Date Entered Service:

August 27, 1942

Service Number:

39253128

Bomb Group:

444th

Squadron:

678th

Location of Unit:

Great Bend, KS (1943)

Missions Flown:

28+

Hump Missions Flown:

20+

Targets:

Yawata, Bangkok

Awards/Decorations:

Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, 4 Bronze Battle Stars, China Campaign Medal, Air Offensive Japan Campaign Medal, India-Burma Air Combat Campaign Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal awarded Nov. 18, 1947 at State Center, IA

Service Schools Attended:

Airplane Mechanic Feb 1943; Electrical Apr 1943; B-29 Armor Jul 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 685-Airplane Electrical Mechanic, Specialist, Left Gunner, B-29 Aircraft

Rank Upon Discharge:

S/Sgt

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

#391 "The Uninvited" - (crashed 6/5/44), 42-24507 Bachelor Quarters

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

June 26, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Mechanic at Miller Chevrolet Dealership, State Center, IA; moved to Los Angeles, CA, and was employed at Lockheed Aircraft at Burbank, CA. This location was where I was inducted, even though my hometown was State Center, IA.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I wanted to serve my country in whatever capacity I could. Every young person should serve at least two years. It teaches discipline, character and makes one a better person.

Our crew of eleven men were a very close knit group. As many as seven crew members have remained special friends and have renewed memories at the 58th Bomb Wing reunions.

Comments:

On June 5th, 1944 we were on a mission when B-29 aircraft was running low on fuel. Pilot, Major Booth G. Malone, made a decision to exit aircraft. Every crew member jumped except one -- he went down with the aircraft and it burned in Chinese graveyard. All other crew members were strung out. I landed in a rice paddy after having much trouble opening my chute. One crew member landed in a tree. All of us walked a long time before arriving at headquarters, and then were interrogated at length. I credit our Pilot Major Booth Malone with keeping a cool head and saving our lives.

 


Ivan Bodie, 2003

 


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