Raymond K. Childress

1st Lt. Raymond K. Childress, 1942
1st Lt. Raymond K. Childress, 1942
Recent Address: 319 Oak Glen Drive, San Antonio, TX 78209
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Family Info: Parents: William and Leone
Hometown: Seymour, MO
Date Entered Service: June 1, 1941 at Jefferson Barracks, St, Louis, MO
Service Number: O-434077
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 769th and 770th
Location of Unit: Walker AAF, Victoria, KS (November, 1943)
Missions Flown: 27 - Credit for 35 counting the trips over the hump
Hump Missions: 16
Targets: Yawata, Anshan, Singapore
Awards: Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross (3), Air Medal (4)
Service Schools: Primary flying school, King City, CA Jun 1941; Basic flying school, Moffet Field, CA Sep 1941; Advanced flying school, Mather Field, CA Nov 1941
MOS: MOS 1024-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft, MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB
Rank Upon Discharge: Colonel
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6219 Petrol Packin' Mama, 41-36967 (Hobo Queen)
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Date Transferred from the 58th: August 27, 1945
Date Discharged: November 5, 1973
Post WWII Service: B-29, B-36 Squadron Commander at Ellsworth AFB, SD, with SAC; Deputy Commander, Manzano, NM, an atomic bomb storage site. Colonel Childress also served in Korea and Viet Nam.
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Electronic Technician and Program Switcher at TV station KSAT at San Antonio, TX.
Thoughts About the 58th: It is nice to still have the living members (8) of my crew meeting at the 58th Bomb Wing reunions when able as well as the Deputy Commander of the 462BG, Maj. Gen. P.M. Hoisington.
Comments: For further comments, please see 58th Bomb Wing office.
Mr. Childress passed away November 29th 2007 in San Antonio, TX. He is buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX.
Childress' crew on Tinian
Col. Raymond K. Childress, 1961
Col. Raymond K. Childress, 1961

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