|Recent Address:||65 Westminster Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598|
|Family Info:||Parents: Essie and Isadore; Wife: Shirley; Children: Andrea, Barbara, Steven|
|Date Entered Service:||April 24, 1943|
|Location of Unit:||India - May 1944|
|Awards:||Presidential Unit Citation (3), Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Sharp Shooter Badge|
|Service Schools:||AAF Technical School AT-Seymour Johnson Field, NC Jan 1944; AAF Tech Training DET., Lincoln School, Lynn, MA Feb 1944|
|MOS:||MOS 747-Airplane and Engine Mechanic, Turbo Supercharger Specialist|
|Rank Upon Discharge:||Corporal|
|Crew Type:||Ground crew|
|Airplane Serial No.& Name:||Ground crews were assigned to repair various aircraft but Jack worked mainly on 42-6215 Deacon's Disciples and 42-6323 Princess Eileen|
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|Date Transferred from the 58th:||November, 1945|
|Date Discharged:||November 23, 1945|
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|Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s):||Tool & Die Maker, Model Maker, Mechanical Draftsman; owned and operated Machine Shop; Industrial Arts Teacher at Middle School & High School level. After discharge from service he took advantage of the GI Bill of Rights and attended Pratt Institute. After retirement in 1987, he took up wood carving as a hobby. After carving smaller animals and birds, he carved a full-sized carousel horse and then carved a miniature working carousel. After joining a Miniature Carousel Carvers' Club, we met several members all of whom had been aircraft mechanics during their WWII service. An interesting coincidence or a special talent?|
|Thoughts About the 58th:||It is difficult for me to put into words how my late husband, Jack, felt about his service in the Army Air Corps during WWII, and that is after being married to him for over 55 years. I do know that he took great pride in having served during WWII in the Air Force with a terrific outfit. He also had great respect for and felt a kinship with the men he served with -- both the flying crews and the ground crew. He also took pride and comfort in knowing that none of the planes he worked on as a mechanic went down during a mission due to faulty maintenance.|
I thought you might be interested in the following.
A number of years ago while on a flight from the Canadian Yukon to Vancouver, B.C., my late husband, Jack and I spoke to the young man sitting next to us. He told us that his parents had emigrated from Italy in 1952 to Canada. When realizing we were Americans he related to us that his father thought the luckiest thing that ever happened to him was when he was captured by the Americans in North Africa and had been their prisoner of war. Then my husband remarked that during World War II on his way to India, he spent time in Casablanca and at the camp where he was staying the perimeter was guarded by Italian Prisoners of War. Upon hearing that the young man's mouth flew open and when he was able to speak he explained that his father had always told the story that while a Prisoner of War he had guarded an American base and neither he or his two younger brothers ever believed him. He couldn't wait for the plane to land so he could call his family and explain what he had just heard.
The young man then asked us to please wait for him in the luggage pick up area. He was a partner in a sporting goods company, returning from a business convention and presented us with whatever sporting goods items he had left in his luggage. Jack when thinking about this incident always laughed and said “This proved that it paid to serve my country during wartime.”
Submitted by Shirley B. Hoffman April 2003.
Jack was deceased on April 11, 2002 and is buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Flushing, NY.
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