New England Air Museum
John R. Elliott

 

Recent Address:

405 River Route, 12796 Yupon Rd. Ext., Magnolia Springs, AL 36555

Email:

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Family Information:

Parents: Wallace and Bertha; Wife: Joyce; Sibling: Enid.

Hometown:

Ault, CO

Date Entered Service:

 

Service Number:

O--737554

Bomb Group:

40th

Squadron:

45th

Location of Unit:

Chakulia, India (November, 1944)

Missions Flown:

30

Hump Missions Flown:

2

Targets:

Bangkok (2), Singapore, Rangoon, Hankow, Omura, Nagoya (2), O Shima, Hamamatsu, Tokyo (3), Osaka (3), Kashumiguara, Toyohashi, Himeji, Kagamigahara, Kure, Takamatsu, Sendai, Namazu, Fukui, Tsu, Hachiogi, Imabari, Fukuyama, Hikari

Awards/Decorations:

Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster,Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters,Air Offensive Japan Service Ribbon,CBI Service Ribbon,Asiatic-Pacific Service Ribbon,American Theater Service Ribbon

Service Schools Attended:

Primary Flying School Mar 1942; Basic Flying School Aug 1942; Advanced Flying School Dec 1942

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB

Rank Upon Discharge:

Captain

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-24729 Nippon Nipper III,44-61656 (unnamed),flew third plane - number unavailable

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

January 5, 1946

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Attended Colorado A & M College, graduated with BS degree. Employed by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Attended University of California, Davis, California, graduated with MS degree. Employed by U. S. Dept. of State in USAID (Foreign Aid Programs). Served for approximately 16 years in foreign countries with this AID program.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I value my service with the 58th Bomb Wing because I can rest assured that I served my country to the best of my abilities during that period. In addition, I was qualified for Veterans' benefits which allowed me to achieve higher education and ultimately positions which were both interesting and rewarding. I have also remained in touch with the members of my crew and our friendships are of great value to me.

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