New England Air Museum
James Franklin Saunders, Jr

James Saunders WWII

Recent Address:

1140 Edinboro Drive, Boulder, CO 80305


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Family Information:

Parents: James and Corinne; Wife: Marion; Children: James III, Ann


Newport News, VA

Date Entered Service:

August 9, 1943

Service Number:

33645230; T139036

Bomb Group:

462nd Bomb Group


768th Bomb Squadron

Location of Unit:

Tinian, May 1945

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:



Yokohama, Osaka (Super Dumbo rescue) Osaka (2), Toyohashi, Kure (2), Okayama, Takamatsu, Utsonomiya


Air Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with 2 Battle Stars, Distinguished Unit Citation, American Theater Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal

Service Schools Attended:

Gunnery School Jul 1944; Navigation School Aug 1944; Lead Crew School Aug 1945

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1034-Navigator

Rank Upon Discharge:

Flight Officer

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-63480 "Dream Girl"

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

September 15, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

November 28, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

Reserve Duty with: Troop Carrier Squadron, Parachute Infantry, and Field Artillery

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Air Force Photo Lab -- Air Force Photo Litho-Printing Plant -- Civil Service Engineer with NASA Manned Space Flight

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

A time of good adventure and the chance to defend my country. My good fortune to be selected to attend lead crew school. Reassigned from the crew that I went overseas with to another crew to return to the States to attend lead crew school. Three days after I left on July 18, 1945, the crew crashed on Tinian returning from a training mission.



The crew of "Dream Girl"


James Saunders overseas


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