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Melvin E. Scherer
 
Melvin Scherer, 1942
Melvin Scherer, 1942
 
 
Recent Address:   P. O. Box 377, 603 Liveoak Drive, Johnson City, TX 78636
 
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Family Information:   Parents: Howell and Beulah; Siblings: James, Robert
 
Hometown:   Mattoon, IL
 
Date Entered Service:   Dec 17, 1941
 
Service Number:   A0667197
 
Bomb Group:   468th Bomb Group
 
Squadron:   795th Bomb Squadron
 
Location of Unit:   Smoky Hill AAFB, Salina, KS
 
Missions Flown:   8 combat
 
Hump Missions Flown:   15
 
Targets:   Sasebo, Palembang, Anshan, Formosa, Omura, Nagasaki, aerial search for Col. Carmichael; our last mission over Japan was diverted to Russia.
 
Awards/Decorations:   Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, POW Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, American Theater Ribbon, African-Middle East Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with Silver Star
 
Service Schools Attended:   Flying (Pilot) School-Grider Field, AR Apr 1942; Navigation School-Hondo, TX Nov 1942; Bombardier School-Midland, TX Jan 1943
 
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 1034-Navigator, MOS 1035-Bombardier
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   Captain
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-6365 General H.H. Arnold Special
 
Were you a POW?   Yes
If so, where?    
 
Were you interned?   Yes
If so, where?   Russia
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:   November 11, 1944 (interned in Russia)
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   November 11, 1944 (POW)
 
Post-WWII Military Service:   Flew K-B29 Tankers & B-50 Bombers, Savannah, GA: B-47 Bombers, Barksdale AFB, LA & Lockbourne AFB, OH; Missile Launch Control Commander (Titan I Rocket) Beale AFB, CA; Base Communications Officer, Carswell AFB, TX; retired Jan 1967 at Carswell AFB, TX.
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Worked on F-111 Fighter/bomber program as Technical Writer at General Dynamics, Ft. Worth, TX; worked on Navy F-9 program at LTV, Dallas, TX. Raised grapefruit and oranges on orchard near Mission, TX for 10 years. Retired at age 62 and traveled all over United States in 5th Wheel RV.
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I think General LeMay recognized how cumbersome and inefficient it was to fly over the Hump with gasoline and supplies and then to fly to the Japanese mainland to bomb the targets. We did not have Tinian and Iwo Jima yet, so there was no other way. My memories of the training, the trip to India, and the missions in general are still very vivid in my mind. Of course, we were all young then and impressionable.
 
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Scherer, Feldman, Price, Gen. LeMay, Higgins

 

Mel Scherer, 2003
Mel Scherer, 2003

 


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