New England Air Museum
August W. "Gus" Cline

 

Recent Address:

London, OH

Email:

 

Family Information:

Parents: Stewart R. and Hedwick F.; Siblings: Thomas, Alice; Wife: Gladys

Hometown:

Berlin Heights, OH

Date Entered Service:

June 29, 1942

Service Number:

35114358

Bomb Group:

468th

Squadron:

794th

Location of Unit:

Salina, KS (July or August 1943)

Missions Flown:

35 total. 25 from India and China. 10 from Tinian.

Hump Missions Flown:

16

Targets:

Anshan, Palembang, Okayama, Heiti, Omura, Dairen, Aomori, Formosa, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Rangoon, Kobe, Nagoya, Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Dumbo/Mother P-51 fighters to japan and back to Iwo Jima, Omuta, Toyohashi

Awards/Decorations:

Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 5 Bronze Stars,Good Conduct Medal,Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters,Distinguished Flying Cross,Sharp Shooter Badge, Battles & Campaigns: Central Burma Campaign, India-Burma Campaign, China Campaign, Western Pacific Campaign, Air Offensive Japan

Service Schools Attended:

Airplane Mechanics, Lincoln, Neb. Dec 1942; Flight Maint. Gunner, Denver. Colo. Sum 1943; B-29 Armorers, AAFTS September 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

Crew Chief, MOS 612-Airplane Armorer-Gunner

Rank Upon Discharge:

Staff Sergeant

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6409 The Uninvited, 42-24719 The Uninvited II

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

September 13, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Ohio Edison driving a line truck, setting poles and new lines and doing construction work. Eberhole-Fisher Funeral Home.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I remember fire-bombing Tokyo in 1945 on my birthday.  After the war I brought our dog and bear back with me to the States. I gave the dog to our co-pilot's wife and the bear to the doctor's wife. She put the bear in the zoo.

Comments:
Mr. Cline passed away July 2, 2011.  He is buried in Birmingham Cemetery in London, OH.

 

 


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