John J. “Jack” Keltz

John Keltz - 1942
John Keltz - 1942
Recent Address: 1560 Longview Drive, Latrobe, PA 15650
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Family Info: Parents: Charles and Lulu; Siblings: Bill, Shannon: WIfe: Kathryn (deceased), Jane; Children: Robert, William
Hometown: Latrobe, PA
Date Entered Service: April 29, 1940
Service Number: 20306980 and O-683143
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 770th
Location of Unit: Walker AAF, KS - 1943
Missions Flown: 15 as Lead Crew
Hump Missions: 30
Targets: Burma, Palembang, Singapore, Manchuria, Japan
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Presidential Unit Citation, American Defense Service Medal, China War Memorial Medal (R.O.C.) 1995
Service Schools: Primary Flight School - Chickashu, OK Nov-Dec 1942; Bomb School - San Angelo AAF Apr-Jun 1943; Navigation School - Hondo AAF, TX Jun-Oct 1943
MOS: MOS 1035-Bombardier, MOS 1034-Navigator
Rank Upon Discharge: 1st Lieutenant
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: Lady Luck (crashed and burned), 42-24484 Our Gal
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Date Transferred from the 58th: March 7, 1945
Date Discharged: November 21, 1945
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Worked for a steel company in many different positions for 44 years.
Thoughts About the 58th: A job to do and I did my best with the best crew in the USAAC! I circumnavigated the earth -- saw a lot of different places that reinforced my belief that the good old USA is the best country to live in!
Volunteer, Meals on Wheels Program; Latrobe Area Historical Society; Shepherd Shop of the Trinity Lutheran Church. Ran Food Bank several years.
Mr. Keltz passed away June 17, 2005.

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