John D. Colizzi

John Colizzi at right blister station, 1945
John Colizzi at right blister station, 1945
Recent Address: Hamilton Court Apts. #C-1, 1 Harned Ave., Somerdale, NJ
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Family Info: Parents: Quintino and Philomena; Siblings: Rose, Mary, Angela, Carlo, Clement
Hometown: Norristown, PA
Date Entered Service: February 12, 1944
Service Number: 13201196
Bomb Group: 444th
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Squadron: 678th
Location of Unit: West Field, Tinian, June 3, 1945
Missions Flown: 13 Total / 11 from Tinian / 2 from Iwo Jima (temporary duty)
Hump Missions:
Targets: Kure, Takamatsu, Chiba, Sendai, Utsonomiya, Namazu, Fukui, Osaka, Tsu, Hachiogi, Yawata, Nagoya, Tokyo
Awards: Air Medal w/Numeral 2, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Emblem, American Campaign, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Air Offensive Japan, WWII Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII, Sharp Shooter Badge w/ Carbine Bar, Military Service Medal (County of Camden, NJ)
Service Schools: Aerial Gunnery, Tyndall Field, Panama City, FL; Airborne Radar Equipment Operator, Great Bend, KS
MOS: MOS 611-Aerial Gunner; Airborne Radar Operator
Rank Upon Discharge: Sgt
Crew Type: Flight crew
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Date Transferred from the 58th: October 27, 1945
Date Discharged: May 14, 1936
Post WWII Service: We left Tinian Island, October 27, 1945, and arrived at Pier 45 in San Francisco on November 10, 1945, and transferred to Camp Stoneman, Pittsburgh, California. After a five-day stay, we were then sent to Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA/ After a sixty-day temporary duty assignment at home, we returned to the Gap on January 21, 1946.
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Engineering Department, Philco Corporation, Lansdale, Pennsylvania, 1953-1959;Pre-production/development of vacuum tubes for commercial and military applications
Thoughts About the 58th: I enlisted in the Army Air Corp on December 31, 1943, two days before my 18th birthday. I entered active service February 12, 1944. After a long period of training I became a member of a flight combat crew of the 58th Bomb Wing.
As a crew flying on combat missions were relied on each other implicitly.
My service in the 58th Bomb Wing proved to be the ultimate experience in friendship and caring. These thoughts and memories are carried with me to the present time.
Comments: Mr. Colizzi passed away March 7, 2016.
John Colizzi in Scotland Sept. 11, 2001
John Colizzi in Scotland Sept. 11, 2001

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