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Windsor Locks,CT 06096
N 41d 56' 512" W 72d 41' 36"  
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James L. Paradis
 
James Paradis, 1942
James Paradis, 1942
 
 
Recent Address:   170 Cressey Rd., Monmouth, ME 04259-6803
 
Email:    
 
Family Information:    
 
Hometown:   Gardiner, ME
 
Date Entered Service:   Sep 12, 1939
 
Service Number:   6146987/ A0751027
 
Bomb Group:   40th Bomb Group
 
Squadron:   25th Bomb Squadron
 
Location of Unit:   Tinian; July 1945-Nov 1945
 
Missions Flown:    
 
Hump Missions Flown:    
 
Targets:   Tsu, Osaka
 
Awards/Decorations:   Air Medal, American Defense w/3 Battle Stars, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation w/ Oak Leak Cluster, Air Force Longevity Service Award w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal w/3 clusters, Korean Service Medal, Air Offensive Japan, Central Pacific Campaign, Western Pacific Campaign.
 
Service Schools Attended:   Pilot training Sept. 1942; Air University Apr 1949; Armament Officers School Jan 1950
 
Military Specialty(ies):   Instructor Pilot B-17, B-29, B-36, Armament Officer, 7th Bomb Wing
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   Major
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-6342 Tabooma, 42-24846 Monsoon II
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:   Nov., 1945
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   Mar. 31, 1960
 
Post-WWII Military Service:
Aircraft Commander B-29; B-36 Instructor Pilot; 7th Bomb Wing Armament Officer/Gunnery Officer; 7th Bomb Wing Featherweight High Altitude Test Project and T-1 Pressure Suit Aircraft Commander; Select Crew Aircraft Commander.
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Air Traffic Controller 15 years. Federal Aviation Cleveland and Boston Enroute Aircraft Control Centers.
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Being assigned for duty in the Hawaiian Islands when the Japanese attack took place, I was more than happy to get the chance of bombing Japanese targets. My tour with the 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, was memorable.
 
Comments:
Highest Enlisted Grade attained -- Senior Master Sgt. Highest Commissioned Grade attained -- Major.

 

James Paradis, 2002
James Paradis, 2002
 

 


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