New England Air Museum
Richard P. Grossman


Richard Grossman - WWII


Recent Address:

13221 W. 85th Street, Lenexa, KS 66215



Family Information:

Parents: Herman and Lena; Siblings: Richard, Howard, Harold, Leland


Booneville, IN

Date Entered Service:

July 1, 1941

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Dudkundi, India 11/12/44

Missions Flown:

28 Target plus 2 Dumbo off Japanese coast

Hump Missions Flown:

2 Bombs and Gasoline from Dudkundi to Chengtu


Bangkok, Singapore, Saigon, China, Tinian Air Offensive-Japan


India-Burma-China Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Crew Member Badge, Pistol Sharp Shooter Badge

Service Schools Attended:

AP Mechani Schoolc, Randolph Field, TX Nov 1941; AP Electrical School, Randolph Field, TX Jan-Feb 1942; B-29 Flight Engineer School, Lowry Field, CO Mar 1944

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 737-Flight Engineer VHB, Squadron Flight Line Maintenance Chief

Rank Upon Discharge:

Master Sergeant

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-24891 Monsoon Goon II, 42-24538 Beter 'N' Nutin, Li'l Herbert

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

End of September 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 9, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

International Harvester Co., Evansville, IN -- Truck Mechanic, Ford Tractor Farm Equipment, Boonville, IN -- Service Manager (14 years). Vectren, Inc., Evansville, IN -- Power Plant Technician/Electrician Retired after 23 years.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I was one of millions of men and women of our generation called upon to help subdue the most terrible dictators and war machines known to the world at that time. I'm very proud that we were able to get the job done and feel especially blessed to survive to see this memorial come to pass.

I feel really blessed to be a member of such a talented and dedicated air crew to get a job done as we did. We had some anxious moments when we didn't know if we could survive but somehow we were able to talk about it now.


Mr. Grossman passed away on March 18, 2016.


Richard Grossman - 2003


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