William M. Ganek

Bill Ganek - WWII
Bill Ganek - WWII
Recent Address: 3046 North Normandy Ave., Chicago, IL 60634
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Family Info: Parents: John and Josephine; Son: William J.
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Date Entered Service: July 25, 1942
Service Number: 16126969
Bomb Group: 444th
Squadron: 677th
Location of Unit: Goodfellow Field, TX
Missions Flown: 32
Hump Missions: 6
Targets: From CBI and Tinian, China and Japan
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 clusters, Air Medal, many more
Service Schools: B-17 and BT-13 1943; B-29 and B-24; Aircraft Elec., Gunnery 1944
MOS: MOS 1685-Airplane Electrical Mechanic-Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge: Staff Sergeant
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-63375 Her Majesty (lost over Japan); Lady Jane (lost an engine in Hawaii)--lead crew- Lt. Col. Frank Englert was our pilot
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Date Discharged: October 13, 1945
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Control Tower, O'Hare Field, Chicago, IL; part-time controller and maintenance
Thoughts About the 58th: 58th Bomb Wing transferred name from Army Air Corp to Air Force; from Brown Shoe Air Corp to Black Shoe Air Force; from brown uniform to blue all in my time.
I worked on the first B-29 at the Boeing plant in Seattle, Washington.
Mr. Ganek passed away March 4, 2011.
Bill Ganek - 2004
Bill Ganek - 2004

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