William W. Johnson

William Johnson, Clovis, NM 1944
William Johnson, Clovis, NM 1944
Recent Address: 18914 Marine View Dr., SW, Seattle, WA 98166-3846
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Family Info: Parents: William and Mary; Wife: Josephine; Children: Robert, Cindy
Hometown: Blytheville, AR
Date Entered Service: November 7, 1942
Service Number: 18169313
Bomb Group: 468th
Squadron: 793rd
Location of Unit: CBI - arrived June 18, 1944
Missions Flown: 35 - 19 from CBI and 16 from West Field, Tinian
Hump Missions: 27
Targets: Palembang, Anshan, Formosa, Rangoon, Omura, Mukden, Nagoya, Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Takasuki, Kure, Takamatsu, Utsonomiya, Namazu, Fukui
Awards: Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 4 Battle Stars and 1 Bronze Service Stars, several Unit Citations
Service Schools: Airplane Electrical - Chanute Field, IL Jun 1943;
Boeing Flight School, Seattle, WA Oct 1943;
B-29 Armorers - Lowery Field, Denver, CO Dec 1943
MOS: MOS 1685-B-29 Left Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge: Staff Sergeant
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-24487 Bengal Lancer, 42-63415 Jolly Roger, 44-69977 Miss Peggy
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Date Transferred from the 58th: August 6, 1945
Date Discharged: September 18, 1945
Post WWII Service: Served 3 years (3/20/50 to 5/19/53) in AFRES (non-flying) Air Installation (497th Boeing Field, Seattle) unit. Call up for active duty (21 months) on 2/16/51 to 10/25/52; included 18 months of active duty with 73rd Air Installation; 73rd Air Depot Wing in Chateauroux, France (NATO). I was the NCOIC of the Engineering Office while at this base. Upon returning to Seattle was put on inactive reserve status. At my request I was discharged from the AFRES on May 19, 1953 with the rank of M/Sgt.
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Worked as civil engineer in construction as project engineer, estimator, superintendent to project manager with corporate officer positions.
Thoughts About the 58th: I feel it was a privilege and honor to have been chosen to serve with the 468th (the Billy Mitchell Group) from 6/28/44 to my last mission on 7/28/45.
Comments: In my opinion, the flight crews' survival was due to the ground crews (crew chief, mechanics, armorers, control tower operators, Boeing engineers, and all the other ground personnel) that were dedicated hard-working people that made the 58th a great organization.

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