James L. Paradis

James Paradis, 1942
James Paradis, 1942
Recent Address: 170 Cressey Rd., Monmouth, ME 04259-6803
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Family Info:
Hometown: Gardiner, ME
Date Entered Service: Sep 12, 1939
Service Number: 6146987/ A0751027
Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron: 25th
Location of Unit: Tinian; July 1945-Nov 1945
Missions Flown:
Hump Missions:
Targets: Tsu, Osaka
Awards: Air Medal, American Defense w/3 Battle Stars, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation w/ Oak Leak Cluster, Air Force Longevity Service Award w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal w/3 clusters, Korean Service Medal, Air Offensive Japan, Central Pacific Campaign, Western Pacific Campaign
Service Schools: Pilot training Sept. 1942; Air University Apr 1949; Armament Officers School Jan 1950
MOS: Instructor Pilot B-17, B-29, B-36, Armament Officer, 7th Bomb Wing
Rank Upon Discharge: Major
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6342 Tabooma, 42-24846 Monsoon II
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Date Transferred from the 58th: Nov., 1945
Date Discharged: Mar. 31, 1960
Post WWII Service: Aircraft Commander B-29; B-36 Instructor Pilot; 7th Bomb Wing Armament Officer/Gunnery Officer; 7th Bomb Wing Featherweight High Altitude Test Project and T-1 Pressure Suit Aircraft Commander; Select Crew Aircraft Commander
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Air Traffic Controller 15 years. Federal Aviation Cleveland and Boston Enroute Aircraft Control Centers.
Thoughts About the 58th: Being assigned for duty in the Hawaiian Islands when the Japanese attack took place, I was more than happy to get the chance of bombing Japanese targets. My tour with the 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, was memorable.
Comments: Highest Enlisted Grade attained: Senior Master Sgt. Highest Commissioned Grade attained: Major.

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