James Franklin Saunders, Jr

James Saunders, WWII
James Saunders, WWII
Recent Address: 1140 Edinboro Drive, Boulder, CO 80305
E-mail Address: mtpjfs@msn.com
Family Info: Parents: James and Corinne; Wife: Marion; Children: James III, Ann
Hometown: Newport News, VA
Date Entered Service: August 9, 1943
Service Number: 33645230; T139036
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 768th
Location of Unit: Tinian, May 1945
Missions Flown: 10
Hump Missions:
Targets: Yokohama, Osaka (Super Dumbo rescue) Osaka (2), Toyohashi, Kure (2), Okayama, Takamatsu, Utsonomiya
Awards: Air Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with 2 Battle Stars, Distinguished Unit Citation, American Theater Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal
Service Schools: Gunnery School Jul 1944; Navigation School Aug 1944; Lead Crew School Aug 1945
MOS: MOS 1034-Navigator
Rank Upon Discharge: Flight Officer
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-63480 Dream Girl
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Date Transferred from the 58th: September 15, 1945
Date Discharged: November 28, 1945
Post WWII Service: Reserve Duty with: Troop Carrier Squadron, Parachute Infantry, and Field Artillery
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Air Force Photo Lab -- Air Force Photo Litho-Printing Plant -- Civil Service Engineer with NASA Manned Space Flight
Thoughts About the 58th: A time of good adventure and the chance to defend my country. My good fortune to be selected to attend lead crew school. Reassigned from the crew that I went overseas with to another crew to return to the States to attend lead crew school. Three days after I left on July 18, 1945, the crew crashed on Tinian returning from a training mission.
The crew of Dream Girl
The crew of Dream Girl
James Saunders overseas
James Saunders overseas

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