|Recent Address:||Beacon Falls, CT|
|Family Info:||Parents: Joseph and Jennie; Wife: Theresa; Daughter: Darlene|
|Date Entered Service:||October 7, 1942|
|Location of Unit:||Smoky Hill AB, Salina, KS (September, 1943)|
|Targets:||About every Japanese city, including Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Honshu and Kyushu. Rangoon, Singapore, Mukden|
|Awards:||Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal (2), Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 4 Battle Stars, Presidential Unit Citation, WWII Victory Medal, World War II Campaign Medal, Sharp Shooter Badge|
|Service Schools:||Radio, Sioux Falls, SD Feb 1943; Truax A.B., WI Jul 1943; Philco Radio School, Philadelphia, PA Aug 1943|
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|Crew Type:||Flight crew|
|Airplane Serial No.& Name:||42-63455 Genie|
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|Date Transferred from the 58th:|
|Date Discharged:||October 14, 1945|
|Post WWII Service:|
|Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s):||Tool & Die toolmaker for 42 years. Retired 1982.|
|Thoughts About the 58th:||I am very proud of my time in the service, the time I spent in the 58th Wing, the education I received in the service and what we accomplished for the liberty of democracy in the world. I was able to travel all over the US and some of the rest of the world. I enjoyed my 3 years in the service except the bombing missions because I realize now that we killed so many poor people, especially women and children. I flew with Lt. Col. Turner, a very good pilot and person. He was a Command Pilot.|
|Comments:||I had to bail out of a burning B-29 over China and was returned to my base by Communist Chinese (our friends at the time). Pilot and co-pilot were killed trying to land the plane.
In my three years in the service I flew around the world.
Mr. Cipriano passed away September 16, 2013 and is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Watertown, CT.
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