Ralph W. Blumer

Ralph Blummer, WWII
Ralph Blummer, WWII
Recent Address: 3502 N. Spring Hill Drive, Janesville, WI 53545-9025
E-mail Address:
Family Info: Parents: Paul and Helen; Wife: Amanda; Stepdaughter: Delores; Siblings: John, Philip, & James
Hometown: Luverne, IA
Date Entered Service: November, 1941
Service Number: 17032896
Bomb Group: 444th
Squadron:
Squadron: 677th
Location of Unit:
Missions Flown:
Hump Missions:
Targets:
Awards: Bronze Star
Service Schools: Basic Mechanics-Biloxi, MS; B-17 and B-24 groups; Air Corps Technical School-Keesler Field, MS Apr 1942
MOS:
Rank Upon Discharge: M/Sgt
Crew Type: Ground crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:
Where You a POW?:
POW Location:
Where You a Interned?:
Internment Location:
Date Transferred from the 58th:
Date Discharged: October 13, 1945
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Northwest Airlines in St. Paul, MN; later joined research laboratories of Mercury Outboard Engines, part of Kiekhaefer Corp., in Oshkosh, WI. He was part of the Kiekhaefer Auto Racing team which competed in the NASCAR racing circuit. Ralph was a chief mechanic for his team's cars in the Pan American Road Races in 1952 and 1953. Joined Outboard Marine's research laboratories in Milwaukee, WI, where worked through 1969. He was a shop manager for Boeckler in Tucson until he retired at the age of 65.
Thoughts About the 58th: He was very proud to tell the stories about China. He was also one of the very first soldiers to return home because he had accumulated so many points. He was surprised to know that.
Comments: Mr. Blumer passed away November 2, 2002 and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Janesville, WI.
Ralph Blummer, 1977
Ralph Blummer, 1977

58th Bomb Wing Veterans Index
© New England Air Museum 2016-2019
36 Perimeter Rd., Windsor Locks, CT, 06096
860-623-3305