John A. Traczyk

John Traczyk, WWII
John Traczyk, WWII
Recent Address: 29903 Park Place Drive, Warren, MI 48093-6739
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Family Info: Parents: John, Sr. and Mary; Children: John, Janet, Monica
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Date Entered Service: May 17, 1943
Service Number: 36852165
Bomb Group: 468th
Squadron: 792nd
Location of Unit: Tinian; May 9, 1945
Missions Flown: 23
Hump Missions:
Targets: Osaka, Tokyo, Kobe, Sendai, others
Awards: American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 2 Bronze Battle Stars, Overseas Service Bar, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Unit Citation, Air Crew Member Badge (Wings) WWII Victory Medal
Service Schools: Air Cadet Student 10 months; Aerial Gunner 8 months; APMech. Gunner 8 months
MOS: AP Mechanic Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge: Sgt
Crew Type: Flight crew
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Date Discharged: December 20, 1945
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Tool & Die Maker Apprentice, Journeyman and Leader until retirement in 1983.
Thoughts About the 58th: Upon my discharge, it meant that I could live the rest of my life knowing that I fulfilled my duty to my country. It instilled a feeling of patriotism in me.
Comments: I was an Air Cadet for a while until the government decreed that they had an over abundance of Air Cadets and washed out several thousand of us. Consequently, I was trained as an Aerial Gunner and assigned to the 58th Bomb Wing as a Tail Gunner.
John Traczyk, c. 2000
John Traczyk, c. 2000

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