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Eugene L. Whitt


Recent Address:

Moraga, CA



Family Information:

Father: Lando; Mother Neva E. Jones; Sons: Dr. Lee Barlow Whitt, Terry Mark Whitt


Mill Valley, California

Date Entered Service:

January 10, 1943

Service Number:


Bomb Group:

468th Bomb Group


793rd Bomb Squadron

Location of Unit:

Kharagpur, India

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:





Good Conduct Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, American Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, 5 Battle Stars, 2 Overseas Service Stripes, WWII Victory Medal, Ribbon Star

Service Schools Attended:


Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 718-Radar Bombardment Mechanic, LORAN Mechanic and Instructor

Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:


Airplane Serial No.& Name:


Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

November 19, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

December 1, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

1950-1951-- 3535TH BOMBARDMENT TRAINING WING 8622d Bomb Tng Sq, 8604th Bomb Tng Gp (Corl) Mather AFB, Sacramento, CA. Air Force Reserve as basics electronics instructor. Discharged from the USAFR eff 7 Apr 51 with rank of Staff Sgt.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

1951-1981-- Elementary School Teacher (I was one of the first credential teachers of retarded children in California.).   1968 to present -- General Aviation pilot -- Flight Instructor 1970 to present -- 10,600+ hours as of April 2004

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

When in training for and while with the 58th Bomb Wing I discovered that I had an innate talent for teaching complex material and ideas. Generally, the better your grades in technical schools the longer you were allowed to remain by taking advanced courses.  I have been able to utilize my knowledge of electronics acquired while in the military service all my life in countless situations. Through LORAN, the Supersonic Trainer and two months with the Link Trainer I acquired enough knowledge about navigation, use of the E6-B, chart reading and aircraft instrument interpretation that becoming a pilot and instructor was the frosting on my cake of life.   There can be no question but that the greatest single benefit was the post-war funding of my college education using the G.I. Bill. I helped the country and the country helped me. What I learned during WWII gave me the foundation on which I came to be recognized via the internet and my web site as one of the premier sources of General Aviation knowledge.


Mr. Whitt passed away April 19th 2011 and is buried at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA


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