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James Kyle Riddle, Jr
Recent Address: Menifee, CA
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Family Information: Parents: J.K. and Grace; Wives: Sarah, then Sheila; Children: Kathy, Connie, Mary, Julie, John and James.
Hometown: Spruce Pine, NC
Date Entered Service: November 1942
Service Number:
Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron: 25th
Location of Unit: India and Tinian
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Hump Missions Flown:
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Service Schools Attended:
Pilot Class 44E at Douglas Field graduated May 1944
Military Specialty(ies): Pilot
Rank Upon Discharge:
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:
Were you a POW? No
Were you interned? No
Date Transferred from the 58th:
Date Discharged from the 58th:
Post-WWII Military Service:
He served his beloved country for 28 years in the Air Force and Reserves before retiring. He was a member of the 302nd Troop Carrier Wing flying the C-119 at Clinton County Reserve Base. He later transitioned to Rickenbacker as Squadron Commander of the 356th Tactical Airlift Wing flying C-123s. He retired as a Lt, Colonel
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Jim was Past President of the Buckeye Wing Association.

He owned a hardware and later worked for Morris Bean and Co. as Superintendent of Sales helping to design aluminum castings for Boeing and the Aero Space program.

He worked with Bell Telephone and was instrumental in the laying the Transatlantic Cable. Always trying to better himself, he continued education courses in his field. He had a passion for restoration, was a Member of the Heritage Commission of South Charleston, Ohio, and worked tirelessly with his best friend Bob Vogel to restore the Opera House and Depot.

Jim was an accomplished pilot instructor, marksman, swimmer, and scuba diver. Jim met his third wife Patty on a blind date and proposed on the first date. He and Patty golfed at Menifee Lakes Country Club, exercised at the fitness center and attempted to play racquetball until he became ill. He was part owner and member of the Flying Arrows. He and Patty flew the Piper Arrow around the United States.
Comments:
Mr. Riddle passed away on April 10, 2012.

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