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Jerome A. Sulak


Jerome Sulak, WWII

Recent Address:

314 Haverford Drive, San Antonio, TX 78217-5707

Email:

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Family Information:

Parents: Daniel and Mary; Wife: Janie; Children: Diane, Janice, Teresa

Hometown:

Waco, TX

Date Entered Service:

November, 1942

Service Number:

18214270

Bomb Group:

468th Bomb Group

Squadron:

794th Bomb Squadron

Location of Unit:

Kharagpur, India; November 1944

Missions Flown:

24

Hump Missions Flown:

48.50 hours

Targets:

Osaka 6/15/45, Omuta 6/17-18/45, Kure 6/22/45, Osaka 6/26/45 Okayama 6/28-29/45, Kure 7/1-2/45 Chiba 7/6-7/45, Sendai 7/9-10/45, Namazu 7/16-17/45, Fukui 7/19-20/45, Takarazuka 7/24/45, Aomori 7/28-29/45, Hachiogi 8/1-2/45,  Marcus Island 8/7/45, Fukuyama 8/8-9/45, Hikari 8/14/45, plus 9 missions from India and China.  Total combat hours flown from India, China and Tinian 323.45 hours.

* This was the so-called practice mission that we did not get credit for - the only mission that we sustained flak damage by the Japanese anti-aircraft guns.

Awards/Decorations:

Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Bronze Clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with 4 Bronze Campaign Stars: China Campaign, India-Burma Campaign, Air Offensive Japan, Central Burma Campaign, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, 1 Overseas Bar

Service Schools Attended:

B-17, B-24 Aircraft Maintenance School Apr-Jun 1943; Boeing B-29 Aircraft Maintenance School Jul-Sep 1943; Boeing B-29 Aircraft Elect. School/Chanute AAFB Dec 1943-Feb 1944

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1685-Airplane Electrical Mechanic-Gunner

Rank Upon Discharge:

T/Sgt.

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

44-61566 Jack's Hack

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

October, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

December, 1951

Post-WWII Military Service:

Additional four year tour of duty Dec. 10, 1947 - Dec. 10, 1951 including the Korean War, but didn't serve in Korea. The thirty-one page personal history "Military Service of Jerome A. Sulak, U.S. Army Air Force, U.S. Air Force, 1942-1951" is available in the 58th Bomb Wing Memorial Archive.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Sheet Metal Worker - Local Union #67.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I am proud to have served in the United States Army Air Force and to have helped, along with the thousands of others that served in World War II, to defeat the armed forces of the Japanese Empire. Always in my thoughts are all of my buddies that made the ultimate sacrifice. My prayers go out to all that lost their lives in World War II.

Comments:

Mr. Sulak passed away February 10, 2013 and is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, San Antonio, TX

 


Jerome Sulak, January, 2003

 


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