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Ervin F. Ott
 
Ervin Ott, India, 1945
Ervin Ott, India, 1945.
 
 
Recent Address:   375 Ott Road, Bay City, MI 48706
 
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Family Information:    
 
Hometown:   Bay City, MI
 
Date Entered Service:   May 30, 1942
 
Service Number:   16064004
 
Bomb Group:   444th Bomb Group
 
Squadron:    
 
Location of Unit:   Great Bend, Kansas; October 1943
 
Missions Flown:   35
 
Hump Missions Flown:   Many
 
Targets:   Tokyo, Omura, Bangkok, Yokohama, Rangoon, Formosa, Nanking (?), Kobe, Kure, Nagoya, Yawata, Anshan, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur
 
Awards/Decorations:   Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Presidential Unit Citation (4)
 
Service Schools Attended:   Curtis Wright Tech ; Gunnery School ; Advanced B-24 School - Lowery Field
 
Military Specialty(ies):   Flight Engineer and Gunner
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   T/Sgt.
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-6325 No Papa,42-6423 Urgin' Virgin
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:    
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   October 10, 1945
 
Post-WWII Military Service:    
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Gas station owner; Golf course.
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
When in China and India, the B-29 was not fit for service. However, by good work of the ground crews, the bugs were ironed out. Missions over Tokyo and other targets were flown too low. As a result many lives were needlessly sacrificed so someone could make a name for themselves.
 
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