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Edward W. Bronson

 

Edward Bronson, WWII

 

Recent Address:

266 Sycamore Lane, Shaftsbury, VT 05262-9586

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Family Information:

Parents: Dewey and Alice; Wife: Phyllis; siblings: Ruth, Joyce.

Hometown:

Taunton, MA

Date Entered Service:

September 26, 1942

Service Number:

11085032

Bomb Group:

40th and 444th

Squadron:

45th and 678th

Location of Unit:

 

Missions Flown:

35

Hump Missions Flown:

More than enough

Targets:

Air Offensive Japan, China, Central Burma, India Burma and Air Combat Palembang, Sumatra Campaigns.

Awards/Decorations:

Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal

Service Schools Attended:

AAFTS Lincoln, Nebraska ; AAFTS Chanute Field, Illinois ; AAFTD Boeing Aircraft Co., Lowry Field, Colorado

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 685-Airplane Electrical Mechanic, Specialist

Rank Upon Discharge:

S/Sgt

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-63360 Trojan Spirit

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 16, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

In earlier years he had been employed by General Mills, Inc., C. L. White Paint and Glass, Stanley Tools, Inc., and Aerodex, Inc. at Miami International Airport. In 1958 he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service in Eugene, Oregon as a clerk. In January 1961 he transferred to the post office in Shaftsbury and assumed the position of Rural Letter Carrier. He continued in this position until his retirement in 1983.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Once in a lifetime experience which I would not wish to repeat. I served with some great guys and am still in contact with a few. Surviving a ditching off the coast of Liberia on my way to India and then a bailout over China, along with the hump trips and missions, matured this 20 year old rapidly and increased my faith in the Almighty God.

Comments:

Mr. Bronson passed away October 20th 2013 and is buried at South Shaftsbury Village Cemetery, Shaftsbury, VT.

 

Crew photo -- Ed Bronson, bottom row, center.

 


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