New England Air Museum
John B. Wilson
Recent Address:   2307 Marilyn Drive, Papillion, NE 68046-4218
Email:   johnbwilson
Family Information:   Parents: Ed and Ruth; Child: Joseph A.; Siblings: Two brothers and two sisters
Hometown:   Gerber, CA
Date Entered Service:   August 1, 1942
Service Number:   39393269
Bomb Group:   462nd Bomb Group/ 10th Anti-sub Sqdn,. Galveston, TX, 1943
Squadron:   770th Bomb Squadron
Location of Unit:   Walker AFB, KS; January 1944
Missions Flown:    
Hump Missions Flown:    
Awards/Decorations:   Distinguished Unit Badge with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 7 Battle Stars, WWII Victory Medal
Service Schools Attended:   Aviation Cadet Preflight-Santa Ana, CA Oct-Dec 1942; Thunderbird #2-Glendale, AZ Jan-Mar 1943; AAFTC Anderson Org Clerk Adm and Tech Clerks 8 weeks
Military Specialty(ies):  
MOS 410-Dispatcher, Motor Vehicle, MOS 747-Airplane and Engine Mechanic
Rank Upon Discharge:   Sgt.
Crew Type:   Ground crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:    
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:    
Date Discharged from the 58th:   November 22, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:
Air Force Reserve, Inactive 1946 to 1949. Air Force requested I travel 200 miles to San Rafael, Hamilton Air Base to reenlist. I said I would sign up if the recruiter came to Gerber. Only after Korean War started did they answer me. I told them it was too damn late!
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Prior to and after my service, I worked 49 years for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Also farmed. Grew sevillano olives for twenty-six years.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I never knew there were any reunions until 1987 when I found out. First reunion I attended was in 1988. I quit attending reunions because the hotels played games with my reservations. Then a physical problem has made it so difficult to attend that I quit completely. I have been disappointed by the infighting in the 58th BW, but now will stay as a member with the Dedication.
My son, Joseph A. Wilson, is a retired veteran at the Air Force (20 years, retired as a Captain).

I am happy that the 58th BW has found a home with the New England Air Museum.


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