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
Winton R. Close

 

Recent Address:

15 Hosell Court, Bluffton, SC 29909

Email:

 

Family Information:

Parents: Ralph and Sadie; Wife: Joan; Daughters: Leslie, Tini, Jo, Barbara; Sibling: Ruth.

Hometown:

Beverly Hills, CA

Date Entered Service:

September, 1938

Service Number:

4343A

Bomb Group:

444th

Squadron:

678th

Location of Unit:

Great Bend, KS (August, 1943)

Missions Flown:

35 in WWII; 21 in Korean Conflict

Hump Missions Flown:

 

Targets:

 

Awards/Decorations:

Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal

Service Schools Attended:

U.S. Army Air Corp Flying School Aug 1938-Aug 1939

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1024-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft

Rank Upon Discharge:

Maj. Gen.

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6353 Big Poison, 42-65270 Big Poison - 2nd Dose

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

August, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

June 30, 1968

Post-WWII Military Service:

Between 1946 and 1951 General Close served as base executive officer at Kirtland Army Air Field, N.M.; air attaché at Belgrade, Yugoslavia; assistant chief of the Selection Board Secretariat at U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; and as assistant deputy commander of operations, Headquarters Fifteenth Air Force, Colorado Springs, Colo., and March Air Force Base, Calif.General Close was named deputy commander of operations for the Fifteenth Air Force in 1951, and from May 1952 until November 1952 he commanded the 98th Bomb Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan. During the Korean War he participated in 21 combat missions in B-29s.Between November 1952 and Apri11956 the general was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He moved to Castle Air Force Base, Calif., in 1956 as deputy commander, and later commander, of the 93d Bomb Wing. In April 1958 he transferred to Pease Air Force Base, N.H., as commander, 100th Bomb Wing.General Close moved to McCoy Air Force Base, Fla., in July 1959 where he commanded the 321st Bomb Wing until September 1961. He transferred to Plattsburgh Air Force Base, N. Y., in September 1961 as commander, 820th Strategic Aerospace Division. He became deputy director of plans, Strategic Air Command, in November 1963 at Omaha, Neb., and director of plans, SAC, in February 1964. In June 1966, he assumed command of Joint Task Force Two, Sandia Base, N.M. JTF-2 was an all-service test organization serving directly under the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The mission of JTF-2 was to plan, direct and evaluate low-altitude penetration tests using combat aircraft from all services. The task force conducted tests on defensive weapons used against aircraft attacking at low altitude.General Close retired in 1968. A command pilot with more than 7,000 flying hours to his credit, General Close qualified in the B-47, B-52 and KC-135 aircraft.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I believe that I fulfilled my obligations to my country, the Army Air Force, my squadron and to myself.

Comments:

General Close passed away May 23, 2008

 


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