Melvin E. Scherer

Melvin Scherer, 1942
Melvin Scherer, 1942
Recent Address: P. O. Box 377, 603 Liveoak Drive, Johnson City, TX 78636
E-mail Address: mscherer@tstar.net
Family Info: Parents: Howell and Beulah; Siblings: James, Robert
Hometown: Mattoon, IL
Date Entered Service: Dec 17, 1941
Service Number: A0667197
Bomb Group: 468th
Squadron: 795th
Squadron:
Location of Unit: Smoky Hill AAFB, Salina, KS
Missions Flown: 8 combat
Hump Missions: 15
Targets: Sasebo, Palembang, Anshan, Formosa, Omura, Nagasaki, aerial search for Col. Carmichael; our last mission over Japan was diverted to Russia
Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, POW Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, American Theater Ribbon, African-Middle East Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with Silver Star
Service Schools: Flying (Pilot) School-Grider Field, AR Apr 1942; Navigation School-Hondo, TX Nov 1942; Bombardier School-Midland, TX Jan 1943
MOS: MOS 1034-Navigator, MOS 1035-Bombardier
Rank Upon Discharge: Captain
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6365 General H.H. Arnold Special
Where You a POW?: Yes
POW Location:
Where You a Interned?: Yes
Internment Location: Russia
Date Transferred from the 58th: November 11, 1944 (interned in Russia)
Date Discharged: November 11, 1944 (POW)
Post WWII Service: Flew K-B29 Tankers & B-50 Bombers, Savannah, GA: B-47 Bombers, Barksdale AFB, LA & Lockbourne AFB, OH; Missile Launch Control Commander (Titan I Rocket) Beale AFB, CA; Base Communications Officer, Carswell AFB, TX; retired Jan 1967 at Carswell AFB, TX
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Worked on F-111 Fighter/bomber program as Technical Writer at General Dynamics, Ft. Worth, TX; worked on Navy F-9 program at LTV, Dallas, TX. Raised grapefruit and oranges on orchard near Mission, TX for 10 years. Retired at age 62 and traveled all over United States in 5th Wheel RV.
Thoughts About the 58th: I think General LeMay recognized how cumbersome and inefficient it was to fly over the Hump with gasoline and supplies and then to fly to the Japanese mainland to bomb the targets. We did not have Tinian and Iwo Jima yet, so there was no other way. My memories of the training, the trip to India, and the missions in general are still very vivid in my mind. Of course, we were all young then and impressionable.
Comments:
Scherer, Feldman, Price, Gen. LeMay, Higgins
Scherer, Feldman, Price, Gen. LeMay, Higgins
Mel Scherer, 2003
Mel Scherer, 2003

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