J. Ivan Potts, Jr.

1st. Lt J. Ivan Potts, Jr. Clovis, NM, 1944
1st. Lt J. Ivan Potts, Jr. Clovis, NM, 1944
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Hometown: Shelbyville, TN
Date Entered Service: May, 1942
Service Number: AO449381
Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron: 25th
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Location of Unit: Chakulia, India; Nov 1944
Missions Flown: 8 missions - 525 combat hours
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Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation, American Campaign Medal with Battle Star, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Battle Stars, WWII Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, China Memorial Medal, Senior Pilot Wings (China), Personal Commendation from Gen. H.H. Arnold as member of LeMay's crew on record-breaking flight from Japan to Washington, Sept. 1945
Service Schools: Primary 1943; Twin Engine Instructors School 1944; B-17 Instructors School 1944
MOS: Sqdn. Adjutant; 2-engine Instructor, MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB; MOS 1091-Pilot B-17
Rank Upon Discharge: Captain
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-63420 Rankless Wreck, 42-24888 Smilin' Jack
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Date Transferred from the 58th: September 18, 1945
Date Discharged: December, 1945
Post WWII Service: Tennessee Air National Guard
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Foreign Service Officer, US Embassy, Lima, Peru--1946-47. Ford-Mercury Dealer, 1953-1980. Assoc. Director, Small Business Development Center, Middle Tennessee State University, 1981-84
Thoughts About the 58th: Proud of my service in the 40th Bomb Group. Finest group of men I ever knew.
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J. Ivan Potts, Jr.
J. Ivan Potts, Jr.
Left to right - J. Ivan Potts, Jr., William Townes, Gen. LeMay, Theodore Finder
Left to right - J. Ivan Potts, Jr., William Townes, Gen. LeMay, Theodore Finder

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