New England Air Museum
Henry S. Chodacki


Henry Chodacki, August 1945


Recent Address:

1905 E. 1st Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653


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Family Information:

Parents: John and Anna; Wife: Anne


Chicago, IL

Date Entered Service:

16001939, AO864474

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Kharagpur, India (October, 1944)

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:



Formosa, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Rangoon, Namazu, Fukui, Osaka, Aomori, Hachiogi, Marcus Island, Fukuyama, Hakari


Air Medal (Recommended for DFC and 1 Oak Leaf Cluster), 1 OLC, 25 Aug. '54 WWII Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Philippines Liberation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Distinguished Flying Cross

Service Schools Attended:

Boeing B-29 Maintenance, Seattle Aug-Oct 1943; B-29 Flight Engineer, Lowry Field Oct-Dec 1943; Flight Stats(Observer), Smoky Hill AAF Nov 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 4823-Aircraft Engineering Officer, MOS 1028-Aircraft Observer, Flight Engineer (VHB)

Rank Upon Discharge:

1st Lt. AUS

Crew Type:


Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-63420 Rankless Wreck, 44-61566 Jack's Hack

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

October 12, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

January 31, 1946

Post-WWII Military Service:

Active Reserves: Jan. 1945 to Sept. 1950; Recalled Oct. 4, 1950 to Tech Training Command at Sheppard Field, TX; Transferred to Wright Patterson, AFB Flight Test Division as Mechanical Engineer (7051), May 26, 1951 to July 1952 / August 1952 to March 1953: R &D Climatic Division: Debug B-47B, Test cold weather operation; drogue chute operation; in flight refueling operation, as Project Officer and Assistant Chief of Climatic Test Unit Field. Letter of Commendation for the quickest development of a US aircraft (B-47B) for approval to enter service.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

15 years Missionary Work with Native American Indians, misc. areas. 21 years Facilities Engineer and Management with Univac, Honeywell, FMC, Republic Airlines, Northwest Airlines. Received National Achievement Award for Energy Conservation Program @ FMC from Sec. of Energy Hodel.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:



Extreme satisfaction from knowing that I helped to make historic changes to make this a better world. I highly recommend to young men and women to contribute a part of their life to serving their country.


Henry Chodacki, c. 2000


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