Lack Landon

Jack Landon (left) and Jack Keltz (Nav.), 1994
Jack Landon (left) and Jack Keltz (Nav.), 1994
Recent Address: 73 Hollister Way N., Glastonbury, CT 06033
E-mail Address: hellbird462@aol.com
Family Info: Parents: Elmer and Eleanor
Hometown: Webster Groves, MO
Date Entered Service: October 2, 1942
Service Number: 11099642
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 770th
Squadron:
Location of Unit: Walker Field, KS September, 1943
Missions Flown: 39 combat
Hump Missions: Many
Targets: Anshan (2), Nagasaki, Formosa (2), Omura, Bangkok, Mukden, Singapore (2), Yawata
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, Battle Stars, Distinguished Unit Citations, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Star, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 6 Stars
Service Schools: Airplane Armament 1943; Remote Control Gunnery 1943
MOS: MOS 580-Remote Control Turret Gunner, MOS 938-AAF Gunnery Instructor
Rank Upon Discharge: Staff Sergeant
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-24484 Our Gal
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Date Transferred from the 58th: April, 1945
Date Discharged: >October 2, 1945
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Grocery Chains: Warehouse & Transportation Director
Thoughts About the 58th: I am still impressed with the deep and lasting comradeship that developed with the men with whom I trained, particularly the members of my flight crew. The four of us left (out of eleven) still maintain regular contact.The other thing, of which I am proud, is that our groups were the first to take the B-29 into combat. We were able to work the bugs out (suffering many operational losses) and thus develop the modifications that enabled the later groups to mount the attacks that helped to end the conflict.
Comments: Mr. Landon passed away February 2, 2014.

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