William C. Kingsbury

Recent Address: 1601 Barton Road, #3105, Redlands, CA 92373
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Family Info: Parents: H. P. D. and Anna R.; Wife: Ruth; Children: Col. William Jr., and Kenneth (CA Superior Court Judge)
Hometown: Redlands, CA
Date Entered Service: February, 1927
Service Number: 923A
Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron: Commander 25th Bomb Sqd 1944-45
Squadron:
Location of Unit: Pratt, KS - 1943
Missions Flown: 65
Hump Missions: Many
Targets: Flew first B-29 mission from India/China in 1944 and flew last B-29 mission from Tinian in 1945
Awards: Legion of Merit with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Service Schools: Flying cadet, pilot training Feb 1927-Feb 1928; B-29 training, Pratt Field 1943-44; Air Command and Staff School Jul-Dec 1948
MOS: Commander (Squadron, Wing and Air Division), Pilot (B-17, B-29, B-47, B-52, KC-135, and others)
Rank Upon Discharge: Major General
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6294 Monsoon, 42-24846 Monsoon II
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Date Transferred from the 58th: September, 1945
Date Discharged: May, 1966 - retired
Post WWII Service: 1946-49 -- Squadron Commander (twice); Deputy Commander, 509th Bomb Wing, Walker AFB; 1948-50 -- Director of Plans, 8th Air Force; 1950-53 -- Commander, 3904th Composite Wing; 1953-57 -- Commander, 9th Bomb Wing; 1957-61 -- Commander, 47th Air Division; 1961-63 -- Commander, 3rd Air Division; 1963-66 -- Commander, 18th Strategic Aerospace Division.
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): District Manager for Standard Oil Company of California until he accepted a regular commission in 1946 and returned to Military Service. Served 20 years in SAC. He retired as a Major General in 1966.
Thoughts About the 58th: Dad joined the 58th in 1943 when he went through B-29 training at Pratt, Kansas. He went with the 40th Bomb Group to Chakulia, India, and then to Tinian. Dad commanded the 25th Bomb Squadron in 1944-1945. After V-J Day, Dad piloted the lead B-29 (General LeMay's) on the non-stop Japan to Washington, D.C. flight.
Comments: After a brief return to civilian life, Dad accepted a regular commission in the Air Force. He served in the Strategic Air Command from 1946 until his retirement as a Major General in 1966. For the last 16 years of his AF career, Dad commanded 2 Wings and 3 Air Divisions. Dad died October 24, 1973.

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