George P. Patson

George Patson, Chakulia, India, 1945
George Patson, Chakulia, India, 1945
Recent Address: 48 Sussex Street, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971-2114
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Family Info: Wife: Margaret; Children: 4 daughters
Hometown: Norristown, PA
Date Entered Service: November 14, 1940
Service Number: 13008338
Bomb Group: 28th
Location of Unit: Bowman Field, Louisville, KY; July 1941
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Service Schools: Casey Jones School of Aeronautics -- A&E Mechanic Jan-Jun 1941; AAF School of Applied Tactics Jul 1943
MOS: MOS 747-Airplane and Engine Mechanic, MOS 925-Line Chief
Rank Upon Discharge: T/Sgt
Crew Type: Ground crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: Aeronica L-3, Northrop A17-A, B-17, P-47, B-25, B-29
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Date Discharged: November 24, 1945
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Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Aircraft Mechanic, airport in Delaware; Aeronautical Engineering, Bellanca Aircraft Co. designing castings to upgrade the oil fuel systems on B-29's for Korean War. Worked at Johnsville Naval Air Development Center designing missile emergency release system on a No. American AJ-1 Bomber. Worked for company building envelopes for the Navy's Goodyear Blimps. Last company I worked for was ILC Dover, the makers of all the space suits used from the Apollo program to the present shuttle flight. I was in production of blimps, inflatable buildings, environmental protective suits and acted as a consultant for ILC in their tethered aerostat sites.
Thoughts About the 58th: I got to travel around the whole world on my overseas duty. Saw places that I only read about in geography class in school: Africa, India, Australia, Tinian. At Chakulia, India, I was Crew Chief on two B-25's that was used as a utility plan and I got to fly all over the eastern part of India. My plane made trips for getting the photos developed on raids in the Burma area. We made the ice run and whiskey run for the base and many runs to Agra for personnel three-day passes for the Bomb Group's officers and nurses. I got many hours in the Co-pilot's seat of the B-25 and did everything except actual takeoff. On landing I would bring the plane right down to the end of the runway and then say to the Pilot, “you take it.” I also repaired a P-40 that was left on the field and my Group Commander Lt. Col. Roger Fuller flew it until he had a taxi accident and we had to dismantle it. I also helped repair B-29 418 that belly landed on the runway, twice actually. Beside Agra, I visited New Delhi; Colombo, Ceylon; Madras and Akyab. The trip to Akyab was to pick up films from a B-29 that landed there with some kind of trouble. I also worked on the quick engine change line that was set up in our hangar when General LeMay came over from England. We had lines set up with #1, #2, #3 and #4 engines and replaced all the lines and fittings from the old engines to the new engines. Then the Bomb Group would get an engine ready to install on the plane with a lot less time to change engines. There is so much more to tell but my memory is leaving me as I'm 80 years old. While in India and Crew Chief of the two B-25's, I was lucky and did get flying pay.
On my two B-25's, I was always privileged to fly with a few of the Commanders of the groups stationed at Chakulia. One that I clearly remember was a Colonel Blanchard, the others I can't remember. On one trip to Calcutta, I went with another Commander who was going to a party at a place called the “Country House.” I went into a nightclub there and I got picked up for not having a pass. I was taken to a local prison camp. I told the officer in-charge where my Colonel was staying and he got in touch with him and he came down at 3:00 a.m. and got me out. I was embarrassed and I got restricted to the base for a week. My Commanding Officer gave me a stack of signed passes which I kept in the plane for future trips. We also had a C-46 in our outfit which flew to Chengtu, China, where we saw a crew dismantling a B-29 which had considerable nose damage. My Commanding Officer flew over to China one time and ended up getting three battle stars and he wasn't even a Pilot. It's funny the more I write, the more I keep remembering things.
I would love to come up to see the Museum on May 31. I live at a summer resort in Delaware and my son-in-law has a restaurant here and that's a busy weekend.
George with B-25 in Tillamook, Oregon
George with B-25 in Tillamook, Oregon

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