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Thomas Leonard Cheek, Jr.


Thomas Cheek, 1944


Recent Address:

911 Millspring Drive, Durham, NC 27705



Family Information:

My ancestors fought in most America's wars beginning as a Whig against the Tories in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, two relatives, Lt. Cheek at Gettysburg, another at New Orleans, two uncles in WWI and myself and a brother in WWII Air Force.

Wife: Mary; Children: Susan,


Durham, NC

Date Entered Service:

August 14, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Walker Field, KS (1943)

Missions Flown:

I flew as an observer on the first flight of the XB-29 with Sq. Cmdr Maj. Wheeler Martin. Witnessed the crash of another XB-29. Major Martin was lost on the first flight over Japan from the Marianas.

Hump Missions Flown:



Burma, Formosa, Japan, Palembang


Air Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, Philippine Liberation Citation

Service Schools Attended:

Air Maintenance-Keesler 1942-1943; Electronics-Chanute Field 1943; B-29 Maintenance-Boeing, Seattle,WA 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

Scanner (left) B-29-Electronics

Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

Linda Lou (lost at Marrakech on takeoff en route to India), 42-93830 Torrid Toby, 42-6219 (XB-29) Petrol Packin' Mama - brought back from India

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

October, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

Air Force Reserve for one year

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Dairy Products -- Processing and Distribution; Furnished Milk to Fort Bragg, Pope Field, Seymour Johnson Air Base, Camp Lee and Camp Pickett

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

1. New outlook on life and death. 2. Expanded horizons -- USA, India and China and over Japan at 2000 feet. 3. To conquer fear and face danger.


Mr. Cheek passed away on November 7, 2008 and is buried at Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, NC


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