John Roger Prior

John Prior, WWII
John Prior, WWII
Recent Address: 551 Oakland, Birmingham, MI 48009
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Family Info: Parents: Marie and Granville; Wife: Frances; Children: Linda, Stephen, Greg, Dan; Siblings: Jane, Stanton, Paul
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Date Entered Service: 1943?
Service Number: 02079097
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 770th
Location of Unit: Tinian; May 1945
Missions Flown: 5 combat, 2 show of strength
Hump Missions:
Targets: Hachiogi,Okayama, Saga, Fukuyama, Hikari Arsenal (last mission of war), Show of Strength over Tokyo, and during signing of surrender
Service Schools: AAF NavigationSchool-San Marcos, TX 1944; Alamogordo, NM Air Base 1945
MOS: MOS 1034-Navigator
Rank Upon Discharge: 1st Lt
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: Ole Tex
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Date Transferred from the 58th: End of War
Date Discharged: Oct 13, 1946
Post WWII Service: Went from West Field, Tinian to North Field, Tinian with 313th. Eventually went to Clark Field in the Philippines.
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University and worked 30 years for General Motors.
Thoughts About the 58th: I hope Dad is OK with what I write here. He was proud to have served and felt a close bond with his crew. He always liked the look and sound of the B-29. He was sorry the whole war had to happen. “War is always the devil's delight” was something he said more than once. The civilian victims of the war bothered him. He was a proud American and B-29 veteran but wished wars had ended with WWII, as unfortunately they have not.
Comments: Enjoyed 17 years of active retirement before dying suddenly and unexpectedly on August 13, 1999. He had made plans to return to Tinian on Aug. 12, 1999.

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