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
Paul F. Petersen
 
Recent Address:   1491 Clarence Street, St. Paul, MN 55106
 
Email:    
 
Family Information:   Parents: Carl and Vera; Siblings: Harriet, Claude, Ralph, William, Walter
 
Hometown:   Dundee, NY
 
Date Entered Service:   February 4, 1944
 
Service Number:   12239722
 
Bomb Group:   462nd Bomb Group
 
Squadron:   768th Bomb Squadron
 
Location of Unit:   Piardoba, India; November 1944
 
Missions Flown:   28
 
Hump Missions Flown:   7
 
Targets:   Tokyo, Kure, Osaka, Hamamatsu, many others too numerous to mention -- all without any personal injury or severe aircraft damage.
 
Awards/Decorations:   Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 1 Silver Star, Good Conduct Medal, New York State Commemoration Medal
 
Service Schools Attended:   Gunnery School, Tyndall Field, FL Apr-Jun 1944;
 
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   Sgt.
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-24919 Uninvited
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:    
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   November 27, 1945
 
Post-WWII Military Service:   None
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Boat Builder, Penn Yan Boats, Penn Yan, NY; Gannet Farms, Rochester, NY; Maintenance, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY; Foreman's Collision Service; Woody's Collision, Rochester, NY; Darner Chrysler/Plymouth, Mesa, AZ; Berge Ford, Mesa, AZ; Jays Cabinet Shop, Gilbert, AZ; Keyser Auto Body, Higley, AZ
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

The 58th Wing, 462nd Group, 768th Squadron was the best outfit to belong to. Our Group Commander, Col. Kalberer, was tops. Our group was the "Hellbird" group. Many memories are associated with the 58th Wing. We had good times along with some bad. Overall my time with the 58th was both inspirational and educational. Thanks to the 462nd slogan: "Red tails in the sunset, way up in the blue, the 462nd will always come through."

"HELLBIRDS: WITH MALICE TOWARD SOME"

 
Comments:
The poem entitled "The Uninvited Crew" written by Paul Petersen is available in the 58th Bomb Wing Memorial Office.

 


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