Neal Crist

Neal Crist, 1941
Neal Crist, 1941
Recent Address: 4609 Charlotte Court, El Paso, TX 79924
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Family Info: Parents: Anna and Lester; Great Grandfather George F. Shoemaker, Civil War POW at Andersonville
Hometown: Claysburg, PA
Date Entered Service: September, 1941
Service Number: 13030911, 43566
Bomb Group: 444th<
Squadron: 677th
Location of Unit: Dudkundi (November, 1944)
Missions Flown: 18 (6 in India; 12 from Tinian)
Hump Missions: 1
Targets: Bangkok, Singapore (3), Kuala Lumpur, Osaka (2), Okayama, Kagamigahara, Chiba, Sendai, Namazu, Fukui, Tsu, Hachiogi, Imabari, Hikari (last day of war)
Awards: Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters,Air Force Commendation Medal with 2 ClustersAir Force Outstanding Unit Award with 2 Clusters,American Defense Service Medal,American Campaign Medal,Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal,WWII Victory Medal,Army of Occupation Medal,National Defense MedalKorean Service Medal,UN Service Medal,Vietnam Service Medal,Korean War Service Medal
Service Schools: A & E Mechanic, Sep 1941; B-17 School, Dec 1943; Flight Engineer School, Mar 1944
MOS: MOS 737-Flight Engineer VHB, Flight Chief
Rank Upon Discharge: M/Sgt
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-24472 Sky Chief, 42-63375 Her Majesty
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Date Transferred from the 58th: October, 1945
Date Discharged: October 19, 1945
Post WWII Service: 1948 to 1951: 98BW B-29 Korea 56 Missions, Flight Engineer1952 to 1956: 92BW B-36 Aircraft Performance Engineer1957 to 1958: NAV/ECM SCH1959 to 1966: 95BW B-52B EWO Vietnam 5 missions1966 to 1971: 380th Strat. WG. B-52G Staff Officer23 years in SAC -- retired in 1971
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Machinist
Thoughts About the 58th: Scary, but all the guys did what they had to do. I would not wish to relive that portion of my life again, and I'm thankful that I was up to the job.
Neal Crist, 1996
Neal Crist, 1996

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