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Arthur Schlitz
Sgt. Arthur Schlitz, Kharagpur, India, 1944
Sgt. Arthur Schlitz, Kharagpur, India, 1944
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Hometown:   Melrose Park, IL
Date Entered Service:   October 30, 1942
Service Number:   16145458
Bomb Group:   468th Bomb Group
Squadron:   792nd Bomb Squadron
Location of Unit:   Salina, Kansas
Missions Flown:    
Hump Missions Flown:   4
Awards/Decorations:   Air Offensive Japan, Bismarck Archipelago, China Defensive, Eastern Mandates, Central Burma Campaign, India-Burma Campaign, Western Pacific Campaign, Distinguished Unit Citation with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, American Theater Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Cbn Cal 30 M-1 Mkm-Pistol Cal 45 Expert, 3 Overseas Service Bars, Meritorious Service Certificate
Service Schools Attended:   Instructor Teletype-Electronics-Chanute Field, IL 1942-3; Instructor 45 cal pistol-carbine-machine gun 1943; Clandestine Cryptography School-Kharagpur, India 1944
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 239-Teletype Mechanic
Rank Upon Discharge:   Sgt.
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Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:   October, 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th:   October 30, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:   None
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Sales Mgr. for RCA, SW Territory Sales Mgr. for Burroughs Corp., Republican. Precinct Captain
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
The older I get the prouder I feel that I was a member of the Great 468th. We miss the 243 men that gave their lives - GOD BLESS THEM ONE AND ALL. Heroes of the 468th we salute you. We will not forget you.
Pengshan, China - 1944. Two of the best pilots and men we had were Col. Clinksdale and Maj. Humphrey. I admired them and after 60 years I can still see them talking and laughing, walking away from the tower after a mission like it was yesterday. I recall the time Maj. Humphrey buzzed the tower and almost took my eyebrows off. What a great Pilot!!!!!!! On August 20, 1944 Col. Robert Clinksdale was KIA. On January 11, 1945 Maj. Humphrey was shot down and survived. I heard he was doing well today. GOD BLESS THEM.


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