Sheldon J. Stover

Sheldon “Smoky” Stover, 1944
Sheldon “Smoky” Stover, 1944
Recent Address: 20622 N. 106th Lane, Peoria, AZ 85382-2248
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Family Info: Parents: Nelson and Inez; Wife: Anne; Children: Douglas, Timothy
Hometown: Berrien Center, MI
Date Entered Service: October 1942
Service Number: 16087481
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 768th
Location of Unit: Piardoba, India; July 12, 1944
Missions Flown: 31
Hump Missions: 12
Targets: Bangkok, Singapore, Nagoya, Hamamatsu, Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Fukuoka, others
Awards: Air Medal with 2 clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with cluster, Distinguished Unit Citations (4)
Service Schools: >Airplane Mechanic Dec 1942; Electrical Spec. Apr 1943; Armorer Gunner Aug 1943
MOS: MOS 1685-Airplane Electrical Mechanic-Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge: S/Sgt. / CMSgt. (Ret.)
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6346 Man-O-War
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Date Transferred from the 58th: August, 1945
Date Discharged: October, 1945
Post WWII Service: I reenlisted and served on a flight crew in the 43rd BW Tucson, AZ on B-29s until 1949. I transferred to 2nd BW, Savannah, GA on B-50s. In 1953 I quit flying and attended B-47 school in Amarillo, TX going back to 2nd BW until 1959 then transferring to 43 BW, Ft. Worth, TX on B-58 Supersonic Bombers on to Little Rock, AK. Left SAC for a 3-year tour in Bermuda as Line Chief. Back to SAC, Riverside, CA in 1969 as Bomber Branch Chief on B-52s. Then back to Ft. Worth, TX assigned to Engineering Division of HQ SAC where I retired in 1972.
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Thoughts About the 58th: I was on the first replacement crew in the 768th Sqd having trained on B-29s in Clovis, NM. We flew the oldest B-29s including the YBs. So getting a new aircraft and going to combat was less dangerous than flying in Clovis. I had more harrowing experiences after the war while flying an additional 7,000 hours.
Crew photo, 1943
Crew photo, 1943
Sheldon and Anne Stover, 2003
Sheldon and Anne Stover, 2003

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