Edwin L. Levenson

Ed Levenson on Tinian, 1945
Ed Levenson on Tinian, 1945
Recent Address: 12 Cherry Lane, Scarsdale, NY 10583
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Family Info: Parents: Albert and Florence; Wife: Gertrude; Child: Andy
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Date Entered Service: July, 1943
Service Number: O-861313
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 769th
Location of Unit: Walker AAF, Victoria, KS November 1943
Missions Flown: 28
Hump Missions: 31
Targets: Bangkok, Anshan, Okayama (3), Omura, Hengyang, Shinchiku, Saigon, Singapore (3), Rangoon, Tokuyama, Nagoya (2), Yokohama, Osaka (3), Amagasaki, Omuta, Toyohashi, Kure (2), Takamatsu, Chiba, Sendai, on Iwo Jima 4 times
Awards: American Theater Campaign Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, Distinguished Unit Citation, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, India-Burma Campaign, China Campaign, Palembang, Sumatra Air Offensive, Air Offensive Japan, Central Burma Campaign, Western Pacific Campaign
Service Schools: Aviation Cadet-Yale Univ., New Haven, CT Nov 1942-May 1943; Boeing B-29 School-Seattle, WA May-Jul 1943; Flight Engineer School-Salina, KS Jul-Nov 1943
MOS: MOS 1028-Aircraft Observer, Flight Engineer (VHB)
Rank Upon Discharge: Captain
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-24505 Wild Hair -- shot down over Manchuria, 42-24728 (unnamed) -- knocked down 8 telephone poles on takeoff from Luliang, China 4/28/45. Pilot Lt. Tom Randle saved the day!
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Date Transferred from the 58th: July 17, 1945
Date Discharged: December 27, 1945
Post WWII Service: Stayed in the reserves until 1952
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Saks Fifth Avenue, Store Manager, New Haven, CT -- Owned and managed Parking Lots and Parking Garages in Manhattan, New York City
Thoughts About the 58th:
I am greatly honored to be able to have been of service to my country. Never would I have had the honor of meeting, training with, being with, living with, flying combat with such a great, great bunch of men whom I deem my brothers, not my comrades.
It gives me great pleasure to say that to this day, the year 2003, I am still in contact with my brothers at our yearly reunions and throughout the year via the telephone and mail. It is hard to believe that in our early twenties and younger, we performed with such perfection, which led to our ultimate goal of final victory over the Japanese!!
Comments: Mr. Levenson passed away on April 21, 2016.
Ed aboard “Fifi” at Flight Engineer Panel, 1990
Ed aboard “Fifi” at Flight Engineer Panel, 1990

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