James Raymond Christensen

Jim Christensen, Navigation School
Jim Christensen, Navigation School
Recent Address: 518 Woodside Drive, Lindale, TX 75771
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Family Info: Parents: James and Annie, Children: Judy, James Jr., Peggy
Hometown: Concordia, KS
Date Entered Service: April 3, 1942
Service Number: O-800201
Bomb Group: 468th
Squadron: 792nd
Location of Unit: West Field, Tinian (June, 1945)
Missions Flown: 10
Hump Missions:
Awards: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 Battle Stars, Air Medal with Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation with Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal
Service Schools: Navigation, Advanced and Pre-Flight Oct 1942-Mar 1943;
Radar-Bombardier Training Dec 1944-Jan 1945;
Air Electronics Officer Course Jan 1958-Oct 1958
MOS: MOS 1038-Navigator-Bombardier, Radar, MOS 0141-Radar Officer
Rank Upon Discharge: Lt. Colonel
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-24879 Ready Betty
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Date Transferred from the 58th: Janaury 27, 1946
Date Discharged: March 10, 1946
Post WWII Service: Recalled in 1952. Attended refresher radar-bombardier training. Served as instructor in radar bombardier and navigation school. Flew in WB-29 and WB-50 doing weather recon in Alaska. Served as advisor to Greek Air Force in communications. Served three years at SAC HQ. Involved in Air Command Post Communications. Wing Communications Officer at Malmstrom AFB.
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): 1. Co-owner, Electrical Contracting and Appliance Store.
2. Salesman, Electrical supplies in Kansas.
3. Electrical estimator and project manager for major electrical contractor.
Thoughts About the 58th: I felt I was helping to bring the war to a close. I believe our A/C Kenneth Maxwell did a good job of maintaining a well-disciplined crew which I believed helped our missions and our survival.
Comments: Crew of “Ready Betty” consisted of: A/C Kenneth Maxwell, Pilot George C. Miller, Navigator Charles Rhinehard, Bombardier Raymond Plymette, Radar Operator Jim Christensen, Engineer Cyril Taylor, Radio Operator James Kelley, Gunners Albert Lloyd, Howard Boyar, Michael Pictlola and Richard Plotzke.
Mr. Christensen passed away February 5, 2015.
Jim with “Ready Betty”
Jim with “Ready Betty”
Jim Christensen, C. 2000
Jim Christensen, C. 2000

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