Paul F. Petersen

Recent Address: 1491 Clarence Street, St. Paul, MN 55106
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Family Info: Parents: Carl and Vera; Siblings: Harriet, Claude, Ralph, William, Walter
Hometown: Dundee, NY
Date Entered Service: February 4, 1944
Service Number: 12239722
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 768th
Location of Unit: Piardoba, India; November 1944
Missions Flown:
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Targets: Tokyo, Kure, Osaka, Hamamatsu, many others too numerous to mention -- all without any personal injury or severe aircraft damage
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 1 Silver Star, Good Conduct Medal, New York State Commemoration Medal
Service Schools: Gunnery School, Tyndall Field, FL Apr-Jun 1944
MOS: MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge: Sgt
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-24919 Uninvited
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Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Boat Builder, Penn Yan Boats, Penn Yan, NY; Gannet Farms, Rochester, NY; Maintenance, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY; Foreman's Collision Service; Woody's Collision, Rochester, NY; Darner Chrysler/Plymouth, Mesa, AZ; Berge Ford, Mesa, AZ; Jays Cabinet Shop, Gilbert, AZ; Keyser Auto Body, Higley, AZ
Thoughts About the 58th: The 58th Wing, 462nd Group, 768th Squadron was the best outfit to belong to. Our Group Commander, Col. Kalberer, was tops. Our group was the Hellbird group. Many memories are associated with the 58th Wing. We had good times along with some bad. Overall my time with the 58th was both inspirational and educational. Thanks to the 462nd slogan: “Red tails in the sunset, way up in the blue, the 462nd will always come through.”
Comments: The poem entitled The Uninvited Crew written by Paul Petersen is available in the 58th Bomb Wing Memorial Office.

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