New England Air Museum
Malen Powell
Malen Powell when he first started flying B-29s
Malen Powell when he first started flying B-29s.
Recent Address:   1524 Copperville Road, Cheyenne, WY 82001
Family Information:   Parents: Oath and Vernia; Wife: Ilas
Hometown:   Brighton, CO
Date Entered Service:   Dec 12, 1942
Service Number:   17092157
Bomb Group:   468th Bomb Group
Squadron:   792nd Bomb Squadron
Location of Unit:   Kharagpur, India; Oct 20, 1944
Missions Flown:   34 combat missions
Hump Missions Flown:   5 - 4 to haul supplies
Targets:   Mukden.
Awards/Decorations:   Air Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Distinguished Flying Cross, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Air Crew Member Badge.
Service Schools Attended:   Engine Spec. School Aug-Oct 1943; B-29 Armament Oct-Dec 1943; Combat Crew training Jan-Sep 1944
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge:   S/Sgt.
Crew Type:   Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-63536 Mammy Yokum, 42-65315 Limber Dugan II
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:   September 29, 1944
Date Discharged from the 58th:   October 10, 1944
Post-WWII Military Service:   None
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
I worked helping to build the Rocky Mountain Arsenal at Denver, Colorado.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I thanked God so many times for letting me serve in the 58th Bomb Wing. I lost my Pilot, Capt. Barber and Radio Operator, Bryce Martin, on our first mission. They were with another crew on that mission. They crashed on takeoff in A7 China. Bryce had a little boy, Bryce, Jr., when we went overseas. He is my godson. We still keep in touch. Most of my friends now are from the 58th Bomb Wing. Their love and memories will never disappear.
In 1955 we started holding 468th Bomb Group reunions. They were started by Joe Pokluka of Whiting, Indiana, and Doctor Mitchell of Columbus, Ohio. The first one was held in Chicago, Illinois. In 1969, myself and Denny Pidhayny chaired the reunion in Anaheim, California. At that time we invited our friends from the three other groups. In 1973 we changed over to the 58th Bomb Wing reunion in Dayton, Ohio. Joe Pokluka passed away in 1991. As of now we will hold two more reunions: Tucson, AZ in 2003; Seattle, WA in 2004. I couldn't be more proud of anything than being a member of the 58th Bomb Wing.


Previous 58th Bomb Wing Veterans Index Next