Thomas Leonard Cheek, Jr.

Thomas Cheek, 1944
Thomas Cheek, 1944
Recent Address: 911 Millspring Drive, Durham, NC 27705
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Family Info: My ancestors fought in most America's wars beginning as a Whig against the Tories in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, two relatives, Lt. Cheek at Gettysburg, another at New Orleans, two uncles in WWI and myself and a brother in WWII Air Force.
Wife: Mary; Children: Susan
Hometown: Durham, NC
Date Entered Service: August 14, 1942
Service Number: 34314191
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron:
Squadron: 768th
Location of Unit: Walker Field, KS (1943)
Missions Flown: I flew as an observer on the first flight of the XB-29 with Sq. Cmdr Maj. Wheeler Martin. Witnessed the crash of another XB-29. Major Martin was lost on the first flight over Japan from the Marianas.
Hump Missions:
Targets: Burma, Formosa, Japan, Palembang
Awards: Air Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, Philippine Liberation Citation
Service Schools: Air Maintenance-Keesler 1942-1943; Electronics-Chanute Field 1943; B-29 Maintenance-Boeing, Seattle,WA 1943
MOS: Scanner (left) B-29-Electronics
Rank Upon Discharge: S/Sgt
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: Linda Lou (lost at Marrakech on takeoff en route to India), 42-93830 Torrid Toby, 42-6219 (XB-29) Petrol Packin' Mama - brought back from India
Where You a POW?:
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Date Transferred from the 58th:
Date Discharged: October, 1945
Post WWII Service: Air Force Reserve for one year
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Dairy Products -- Processing and Distribution; Furnished Milk to Fort Bragg, Pope Field, Seymour Johnson Air Base, Camp Lee and Camp Pickett
Thoughts About the 58th: 1. New outlook on life and death. 2. Expanded horizons - USA, India and China and over Japan at 2000 feet. 3. To conquer fear and face danger.
Comments: Mr. Cheek passed away on November 7, 2008 and is buried at Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, NC.

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