Milton James

Recent Address: 25910 Gooseneck Road, Royal Oak, MD 21662
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Family Info: Parents: Clint and Mary; Wife: Elaine; Children: Linda, Annette, Sarah, Rebecca
Hometown: Towson, MD
Date Entered Service: October 1, 1942
Service Number: 33375961
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 768th
Squadron:
Location of Unit: Hays, KS
Missions Flown: 35
Hump Missions: 27 round trips
Targets: Yawata, Okura, Omura, Nagasaki, Sasebo, Formosa, Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Service Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Marksman - Rifle and Pistol
Service Schools: Aircraft Elec. Spec. School - Chanute Field, IL Mar-May 1943; B-29 Flight Eng. School - Boeing Field, WA Jun-Sep 1943; Aircraft Armaments School - Lowery Field, CO Oct 1943
MOS: Gunner, MOS 1028-Aircraft Observer, Flight Engineer (VHB)
Rank Upon Discharge: Master Sergeant
Crew Type: Flight crew
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Date Transferred from the 58th: July, 1945
Date Discharged: September 29, 1945
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Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Sales of heavy construction equipment
Thoughts About the 58th:
Another life. Fantastic and still unbelievable experience. The raw power of aircraft jet engines is one of my greatest thrills after having struggled with overloaded reciprocating engines that lifted us off on our prayers.
I still feel sorrow at times as I think of my friends who were lost and the life they have missed.
Comments:
I, and thousands of others, were sent from Kansas to India by troopship from Hampton Roads, VA to Casablanca, Morocco. From there by C-4 air troop carrier via Tunisia, Cairo, Abadan (Persia), Karachi and to Kharagpur. The troopship was the General Butner and we sailed alone across the Atlantic. This ship had a terrific record carrying troops all over the world -- Japan, the Islands, Korea, etc. Only one life was lost in its many years of service. I was on its second voyage, leaving March 19, 1944, and arriving in Kharagpur, India, April 12, 1944.
I arrived back in the States via a war-weary B-29, on July 11, 1945, and met my daughter of 16 months whom I had never seen. God is good.

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