New England Air Museum
William A. McDonald
Recent Address:   810 East Ocean View Avenue #207, Norfolk, VA 23503
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Family Information:   Parents: Robert E. and Mildred; Siblings: Robert, James, Jack
Hometown:   Cincinnati, OH
Date Entered Service:   July 1943
Service Number:   49769 and 15350
Bomb Group:   468th
Squadron:   793rd
Location of Unit:   Kharagpur, India Dec 7, 1944
Missions Flown:   33
Hump Missions Flown:   2
Targets:   Nagoya, Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Tomioka, Omuta, Kure, Okayama, Chiba, Utsonomiya, Namazu, Fukui, Aomori, Saga, Fukuyama, Hikari, Singapore, Formosa, Rangoon, Saigon
Awards/Decorations:   Air Force Commendation Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster.
Service Schools Attended:   Communications officer (0200) Jul 1943-Jan 1944; Radar Officers Course (0141) Feb 1944-Aug1944; Special Weapons Course Jun 1948
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 7888-Electronic Warfare Officer, MOS 0200-Communications Officer
Rank Upon Discharge:   Lt. Colonel
Crew Type:   Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-24469 Wham Bam, 42-63532 Million Dollar Baby II, 42-63534 Pioneer III, #3524
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:   October 12 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th:   OCtober 31 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:
509th Bomb Wing, Roswell, NM -- 1948-1952; HQ Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, NE -- 1952-1956; HQ USAF -- 1956-1959; HQ ASD, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH -- 1959-1964; Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA -- 1964-1966.
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Accountant 1946-47, Columbus, OH; Manager, Operations Dept., Hallicrafter Corp., Chicago, IL 1966-1970; Accountant & Administrator of medical practices 1970-1982; Administrator for Dr. Julia Tedzis 1990-1993.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I did not realize until long after WWII how special the 468th was. Men like Paul K. Carlton, Doc Schonlau, Pat Saunders, Jim Edmundson were real leaders even then. We "experienced" General LeMay in India and Tinian and got to know how special he was long before the world acknowledged him!


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