Ivan Leroy Bodie

S/Sgt. Ivan Bodie, WWII
S/Sgt. Ivan Bodie, WWII
Recent Address: 403 Fifth St., S.W., State Center, IA 50247-2021
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Family Info: Parents: William and Nellie; Wife: Barbara; Children: Steven, Bruce.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Date Entered Service: August 22, 1942
Service Number: 39253128
Bomb Group: 444th
Squadron: 678th
Location of Unit: Great Bend, KS (1943)
Missions Flown: 28+
Hump Missions: 20+
Targets: Yawata, Bangkok
Awards: Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, 4 Bronze Battle Stars, China Campaign Medal, Air Offensive Japan Campaign Medal, India-Burma Air Combat Campaign Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal awarded Nov. 18, 1947 at State Center, IA
Service Schools: Airplane Mechanic Feb 1943; Electrical Apr 1943; B-29 Armor Jul 1943
MOS: MOS 685-Airplane Electrical Mechanic, Specialist, Left Gunner, B-29 Aircraft
Rank Upon Discharge: S/Sgt
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: #391 'The Uninvited' - (crashed 6/5/44), 42-24507 Bachelor Quarters
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Date Discharged: June 26, 1945
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Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Mechanic at Miller Chevrolet Dealership, State Center, IA; moved to Los Angeles, CA, and was employed at Lockheed Aircraft at Burbank, CA. This location was where I was inducted, even though my hometown was State Center, IA.
Thoughts About the 58th: I wanted to serve my country in whatever capacity I could. Every young person should serve at least two years. It teaches discipline, character and makes one a better person.
Our crew of eleven men were a very close knit group. As many as seven crew members have remained special friends and have renewed memories at the 58th Bomb Wing reunions.
Comments: On June 5th, 1944 we were on a mission when B-29 aircraft was running low on fuel. Pilot, Major Booth G. Malone, made a decision to exit aircraft. Every crew member jumped except one -- he went down with the aircraft and it burned in Chinese graveyard. All other crew members were strung out. I landed in a rice paddy after having much trouble opening my chute. One crew member landed in a tree. All of us walked a long time before arriving at headquarters, and then were interrogated at length. I credit our Pilot Major Booth Malone with keeping a cool head and saving our lives.
Ivan Bodie
Ivan Bodie

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