Location:
36 Perimeter Rd., Bradley Int'l Airport,
Windsor Locks,CT 06096
N 41d 56' 512" W 72d 41' 36"  
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Hours:
Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone (860) 623-3305

Admission:
Adults 12 & Up $12.00
Children 4-11 $6.50
3 & Under Free
Seniors 65 & Up $11.00

New England Air Museum
John B. Wilson
 
Recent Address:   2307 Marilyn Drive, Papillion, NE 68046-4218
 
Email:   johnbwilson @cox.net
 
Family Information:   Parents: Ed and Ruth; Child: Joseph A.; Siblings: Two brothers and two sisters
 
Hometown:   Gerber, CA
 
Date Entered Service:   August 1, 1942
 
Service Number:   39393269
 
Bomb Group:   462nd Bomb Group/ 10th Anti-sub Sqdn,. Galveston, TX, 1943
 
Squadron:   770th Bomb Squadron
 
Location of Unit:   Walker AFB, KS; January 1944
 
Missions Flown:    
 
Hump Missions Flown:    
 
Targets:    
 
Awards/Decorations:   Distinguished Unit Badge with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 7 Battle Stars, WWII Victory Medal
 
Service Schools Attended:   Aviation Cadet Preflight-Santa Ana, CA Oct-Dec 1942; Thunderbird #2-Glendale, AZ Jan-Mar 1943; AAFTC Anderson Org Clerk Adm and Tech Clerks 8 weeks
 
Military Specialty(ies):  
MOS 410-Dispatcher, Motor Vehicle, MOS 747-Airplane and Engine Mechanic
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   Sgt.
 
Crew Type:   Ground crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:    
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:    
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   November 22, 1945
 
Post-WWII Military Service:
Air Force Reserve, Inactive 1946 to 1949. Air Force requested I travel 200 miles to San Rafael, Hamilton Air Base to reenlist. I said I would sign up if the recruiter came to Gerber. Only after Korean War started did they answer me. I told them it was too damn late!
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Prior to and after my service, I worked 49 years for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Also farmed. Grew sevillano olives for twenty-six years.
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I never knew there were any reunions until 1987 when I found out. First reunion I attended was in 1988. I quit attending reunions because the hotels played games with my reservations. Then a physical problem has made it so difficult to attend that I quit completely. I have been disappointed by the infighting in the 58th BW, but now will stay as a member with the Dedication.
 
Comments:
My son, Joseph A. Wilson, is a retired veteran at the Air Force (20 years, retired as a Captain).

I am happy that the 58th BW has found a home with the New England Air Museum.

 


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