Alfonso Camarena

Camarena in the 468th BG
Camarena in the 468th BG
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Family Info: Son: Bob Camarena
Hometown: Merced Falls, CA
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Service Number: O-737536, AO-0737536
Bomb Group: 468th
Squadron: 793rd
Location of Unit: Tinian, Flight Crew #14
Missions Flown: 10 Combat Missions + Show of Force Mission
Hump Missions:
Targets: Takamatsu 4 Jul 45, Chiba 7 Jul 45, Sendai 10 Jul 45, Utsunomiya 13 Jul 45, Fukui 20 Jul 45, Takarazuka 24 Jul 45, Hachioji 2 Aug 45, Saga 6 Aug 45, Fukyama 9 Aug 45, Hikari 14 Aug 45
Awards: Air Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal, National Defense Medal, Air Force Reserve Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, JCS Badge
Service Schools: Class WC 43-B; Air Tac School; Field Officers' Course
MOS: Tinian: 1093 Pilot B-29 VHB, Retirement: 0076 Planning & Programming Officer
Rank Upon Discharge: Lt. Colonel (Regular Air Force)
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-65276 Raiden Maiden II, 42-69663 Dragon Lady, 44-61672 Wrong Number, piloted 42-63534 Pioneer III home from Tinian
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Date Transferred from the 58th: October 15, 1945
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Post WWII Service: After returning to the U.S., was assigned to the 509th at Roswell Army Airfield (Walker AFB) and was part of the newly formed Strategic Air Command, Retired as a Lt. Col, Command Pilot in 1966 after serving in numerous assignments in the U.S., Japan and Germany, including a tour of duty with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1961-65. Last assignment as a member of a combat-ready crew as a B-47 SAC pilot at Little Rock AFB, 1958-1961.
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Thoughts About the 58th: My father passed away on October 16th 1967 and never talked much about his wartime experiences. I do know that he was proud of his service, and as the son of Mexican immigrant parents, his service in the 58th Bomb Wing was a springboard to an Air Force career that provided him numerous opportunities and memorable experiences that he otherwise might have been denied. (submitted by Robert W. Camarena).
Comments: Lt. Col.Camarena passed away October 16, 1967 and is interred at the Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, CA
Camarena Postwar
Camarena Postwar

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