Charles M. Cipriano

Charles Cipriano, WWII
Charles Cipriano, WWII
Recent Address: Beacon Falls, CT
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Family Info: Parents: Joseph and Jennie; Wife: Theresa; Daughter: Darlene
Hometown: Waterbury, CT
Date Entered Service: October 7, 1942
Service Number: 11100201
Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron:
Squadron: 25th
Location of Unit: Smoky Hill AB, Salina, KS (September, 1943)
Missions Flown: 17
Hump Missions: 3
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
MOS: Radio Operator
Rank Upon Discharge:
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-63455 Genie
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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.
CREW PHOTO: Front Row: Radio Operator, Sgt. Charles Cipriano; CFC Gunner, Cpl. E.H. Bertsch; Right Gunner, Sgt. W.J. Williams; Left Gunner, Sgt. B. B. Creager; Tail Gunner, Sgt. W.A. Pertuset. Back Row: Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt. John G. King, Jr.; Pilot, 2nd Lt. R. R. Reams; Bombardier, 2nd Lt. H. Madsen; Navigator, 2nd Lt. Nathan Strickstein
CREW PHOTO: Front Row: Radio Operator, Sgt. Charles Cipriano; CFC Gunner, Cpl. E.H. Bertsch; Right Gunner, Sgt. W.J. Williams; Left Gunner, Sgt. B. B. Creager; Tail Gunner, Sgt. W.A. Pertuset. Back Row: Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt. John G. King, Jr.; Pilot, 2nd Lt. R. R. Reams; Bombardier, 2nd Lt. H. Madsen; Navigator, 2nd Lt. Nathan Strickstein

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