Alfred John Keller

Alfred Keller - 1943
Alfred Keller - 1943
Recent Address: 17760 Highway 71, St. Joseph, MO 64505
E-mail Address:
Family Info:
Hometown: St. Joseph, MO
Date Entered Service: September 22, 1942
Service Number: O-805845
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 770th
Squadron:
Location of Unit:
Missions Flown:
Hump Missions: Yes
Targets: Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Namazu, Takasuki, Dumbo
Awards: Purple Heart, Silver Star, Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross
Service Schools: Columbus, OH Jul 1943; Hayes, KS Oct 1943; Clovis, NM Jan 1944
MOS: MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB
Rank Upon Discharge: 1st Lieutenant
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-65232 - Missouri Queen
Where You a POW?:
POW Location:
Where You a Interned?: Yes
Internment Location: Iwo Jima (after 6/7/45 mission during which dad was wounded)
Date Transferred from the 58th:
Date Discharged: October, 1945
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Owner - construction company
Thoughts About the 58th:
Comments: My father passed away on June 20, 1998. He talked a lot about his service during WWII. I think what he remembered most was the incredible bond he formed with his comrades in the 58th. He attended many of the reunions all over the world until failing health didn't allow it. His funeral was attended by two of his B-29 crew. They had traveled quite a distance and it was very touching. I enclosed a copy describing the June 7, 1945 mission for which Dad was eventually awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. (Copy may be viewed in 58th Bomb Wing Memorial Office) The whole family is very proud of his service to the country and the man that he was. They don't make 'em like that anymore. Thank you. (Signed: Dean B. Keller, Colonel, US Army, Retired) GOD BLESS AMERICA.
Back Row: Alfred J. Keller, Pilot; Robert W. Jurgensen, Co-Pilot; Lewis Patton, Bombardier; Jack Gruber, Navigator; Ivle Lindy, Flight Engineer; Billie J. Gabe, Radio Operator.<br />Front Row: Raymond E. Stevens, Radar Operator; Thomas F. Harrington, CFC Gunner; William Diaz, Waist Gunner; Steve Mikstay, Waist Gunner; William D. Kinninger, Tail Gunner
Back Row: Alfred J. Keller, Pilot; Robert W. Jurgensen, Co-Pilot; Lewis Patton, Bombardier; Jack Gruber, Navigator; Ivle Lindy, Flight Engineer; Billie J. Gabe, Radio Operator.
Front Row: Raymond E. Stevens, Radar Operator; Thomas F. Harrington, CFC Gunner; William Diaz, Waist Gunner; Steve Mikstay, Waist Gunner; William D. Kinninger, Tail Gunner

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