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James W. McAuley, Jr.
Jim McAuley, during basic training
Jim McAuley, during basic training

 

Recent Address: 15015 Endicott Street, Philadelphia, PA 19116
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Family Information: Parents: James and Isabella; Wife: Rita; Children: Patricia, James; Siblings: Helen, Elmer, William
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Date Entered Service: October 15, 1943
Service Number: 13200598
Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron: 44th
Location of Unit: Tinian - May 1945
Missions Flown: 15 combat, 4 super dumbo, 3 photo, weather, Peace Signing, POW supplies, search & rescue.
Hump Missions Flown:
Targets: Kashumiguara, Osaka, Omuta, Toyohashi, Kagamigahara, Okayama, Kure, Takamatsu, Namazu, Matsukyaka, Hachiogi, Yawata, Tsu, Hikari
Awards/Decorations: WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 3 Bronze Stars,Air Medal with 1 Bronze Star.
Service Schools Attended: Basic training - Keesler Field, Biloxi, MS 1943?; Aerial Gunner School, Ft. Myers, FL Aug 1944; Crew training-Tucson, AZ
Military Specialty(ies): MOS 612-Airplane Armorer-Gunner, MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge: Sergeant
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-24503 Nippon Nipper II, 42-65328 Eight Ball Charlie
Were you a POW? No
Were you interned? No
Date Transferred from the 58th: December 3, 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th: January 31, 1946
Post-WWII Military Service:
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
U.S. Postal Service -- 37 years, 6 months. St. Christopher Church Volunteer, 18 years
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
After December 7, 1941, I couldn't wait until my birthday to enlist and be part of history. Enlisted in Air Corp on October 5, 1943, basic training Keesler Field, Biloxi, MI, Aerial Gunner school , Ft. Myers, FL. Assigned crew training Tucson, AZ on B-29 after training on B-17s and B-24s it was a great feeling seeing the best bomber at that time. Our crew: Pilot W. Shockley; Co-Pilot R. Dodge; Navigator D. Curry; Bombardier W. Croft; Radar Operator J. Templeton; Radio Operator R. Phillips, Engineer G. Simpson; Gunner C. Smith; Right Gunner A. Traficante; Left Gunner I. Landsman; Tail Gunner J. McAuley, Jr. We all got along great and the training went well. We were assigned to the 58th Wing, 40th B.G. 44th Sqd. On Tinian Island. We met and worked with a group of men who helped us at every turn. Our Captain W. Shockley volunteered us for every mission possible.
Comments:
When not flying combat missions (16), we flight tested, repaired B-29s, photo, weather, supper dumbo. We flew over U.S.S. Missouri during peace signing, dropped supplies on P.O.W. camps, searched and rescued. So you see we were kept busy. After all the missions in August , the end of the war, I know that the 58th Wing had a lot to do with it. Being part of the 58th Wing, 40th BG, 44th Sqd will always be a big part of my life. Some of our crew keep in touch. I thank God for allowing us to be part of that great challenge.

Mr. McAuley passed away September 18, 2013 and is buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham, PA.
Rita and Jim McAuley, 50th wedding anniversary!
Rita and Jim McAuley, 50th wedding anniversary!

 


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