William F. Jordan

William Jordan - 1943
William Jordan - 1943
Recent Address: 1107 Granger Road, Medina, OH 44256
E-mail Address: jordangraf@aol.com
Family Info: Parents: Carol and Bernice; First Wife: Marjorie (deceased 1982); Children: William and Molly
Hometown: Rocky River, OH
Date Entered Service: October 23, 1942
Service Number: 15329572
Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron: 44th
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Location of Unit: CBI - March 31 1944
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Awards: Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 5 Bronze Stars, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, Air Offensive Japan, China Offensive Campaign, East Indies Campaign, Central Burma Campaign, India-Burma Campaign
Service Schools: Boeing Factory School B-29 60 instructional days, graduated 10/1/43; AF Technical School, Electrical, Chanute Field, IL completed 7/2/43
MOS: MOS 750-Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Rank Upon Discharge: Technical Sergeant
Crew Type: Ground crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6348 Bengal Lancer, 42-63527 Devilish Snooks
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Date Discharged: December 2, 1945
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): William Jordan graduated from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Earned degree in Business Administration and minor degree in Journalism. He spent his entire working career in the field of advertising in the Cleveland/Akron area of Ohio. Later on he established his own advertising firm.
Thoughts About the 58th: William Jordan was an only child and his tenure in the Army Air Corps meant a great deal to him. He was very proud to have been chosen to attend the Boeing Factory School. I was fortunate to have met both of his pilots, Captain Everett Berry and Captain Graham Bleiler, and they both had reports about William and his crew always keeping the planes well maintained and ready to go. They were always happy and proud that every mission returned with no lives lost and no engine failures. (I am not certain about the “Bengal Lancer.”) Bill always wanted to keep in touch with his service buddies and was able to remain lifelong friends with many of them through the annual 40th Bomb Group reunions. He saved his Boeing course papers, all souvenirs, complete uniform w/accessories. There was still a pack of Phillip Morris cigarettes in the right-hand pocket of his uniform coat. No moths. S/Wilma Jordan.
Comments:
Bill remembered when the group got to go ashore when they docked in Australia. He was able to stay in a private home with two other airmen. He also told about the great typhoon that struck Tinian Island and the fly over of the Missouri when the treaty was signed. He had such descriptive powers, I can only relate a few of his experiences. As a young man he was a great reader and it was he who suggested the name “Bengal Lancer.”
Mr. Jordan passed away October 4, 2001 and is buried at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, OH.

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