James W. McAuley, Jr.

Jim McAuley, during basic training
Jim McAuley, during basic training
Recent Address: 15015 Endicott Street, Philadelphia, PA 19116
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Family Info: Parents: James and Isabella; Wife: Rita; Children: Patricia, James; Siblings: Helen, Elmer, William
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Date Entered Service: October 15, 1943
Service Number: 13200598
Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron: 44th
Squadron:
Location of Unit: Tinian - May 1945
Missions Flown: 15 combat, 4 super dumbo, 3 photo, weather, Peace Signing, POW supplies, search & rescue
Hump Missions:
Targets: Kashumiguara, Osaka, Omuta, Toyohashi, Kagamigahara, Okayama, Kure, Takamatsu, Namazu, Matsukyaka, Hachiogi, Yawata, Tsu, Hikari
Awards: WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 3 Bronze Stars,Air Medal with 1 Bronze Star
Service Schools: Basic training - Keesler Field, Biloxi, MS 1943?; Aerial Gunner School, Ft. Myers, FL Aug 1944; Crew training-Tucson, AZ<
MOS: MOS 612-Airplane Armorer-Gunner, MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge: Sergeant
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-24503 Nippon Nipper II, 42-65328 Eight Ball Charlie
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Date Transferred from the 58th: December 3, 1945
Date Discharged: January 31, 1946
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): U.S. Postal Service -- 37 years, 6 months. St. Christopher Church Volunteer, 18 years
Thoughts About the 58th: After December 7, 1941, I couldn't wait until my birthday to enlist and be part of history. Enlisted in Air Corp on October 5, 1943, basic training Keesler Field, Biloxi, MI, Aerial Gunner school , Ft. Myers, FL. Assigned crew training Tucson, AZ on B-29 after training on B-17s and B-24s it was a great feeling seeing the best bomber at that time. Our crew: Pilot W. Shockley; Co-Pilot R. Dodge; Navigator D. Curry; Bombardier W. Croft; Radar Operator J. Templeton; Radio Operator R. Phillips, Engineer G. Simpson; Gunner C. Smith; Right Gunner A. Traficante; Left Gunner I. Landsman; Tail Gunner J. McAuley, Jr. We all got along great and the training went well. We were assigned to the 58th Wing, 40th B.G. 44th Sqd. On Tinian Island. We met and worked with a group of men who helped us at every turn. Our Captain W. Shockley volunteered us for every mission possible.
Comments:
When not flying combat missions (16), we flight tested, repaired B-29s, photo, weather, supper dumbo. We flew over U.S.S. Missouri during peace signing, dropped supplies on P.O.W. camps, searched and rescued. So you see we were kept busy. After all the missions in August , the end of the war, I know that the 58th Wing had a lot to do with it. Being part of the 58th Wing, 40th BG, 44th Sqd will always be a big part of my life. Some of our crew keep in touch. I thank God for allowing us to be part of that great challenge.
Mr. McAuley passed away September 18, 2013 and is buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham, PA.

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