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Charles M. Cipriano


Charles Cipriano, WWII


Recent Address:

Beacon Falls, CT



Family Information:

Parents: Joseph and Jennie; Wife: Theresa; Daughter: Darlene


Waterbury, CT

Date Entered Service:

October 7, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Smoky Hill AB, Salina, KS (September, 1943)

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:



About every Japanese city, including Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Honshu and Kyushu.  Rangoon, Singapore, Mukden.


Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal (2), Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 4 Battle Stars, Presidential Unit Citation, WWII Victory Medal, World War II Campaign Medal, Sharp Shooter Badge

Service Schools Attended:

Radio--Sioux Falls, SD Feb 1943; Truax A.B., WI Jul 1943; Philco Radio School--Philadelphia, PA Aug 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

Radio Operator

Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-63455 Genie

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 14, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Tool & Die toolmaker for 42 years. Retired 1982.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I am very proud of my time in the service, the time I spent in the 58th Wing, the education I received in the service and what we accomplished for the liberty of democracy in the world. I was able to travel all over the US and some of the rest of the world. I enjoyed my 3 years in the service except the bombing missions because I realize now that we killed so many poor people - especially women and children. I flew with Lt. Col. Turner - a very good Pilot and person. He was a Command Pilot.


I had to bail out of a burning B-29 over China and was returned to my base by Communist Chinese (our friends at the time). Pilot and co-pilot were killed trying to land the plane.

In my three years in the service I flew around the world.

Mr. Cipriano passed away September 16th 2013 and is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Watertown, CT.


CREW PHOTO: Front Row: Radio Operator, Sgt. Charles Cipriano; CFC Gunner, Cpl. E.H. Bertsch; Right Gunner, Sgt. W.J. Williams; Left Gunner, Sgt. B. B. Creager; Tail Gunner, Sgt. W.A. Pertuset. Back Row: Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt. John G. King, Jr.; Pilot, 2nd Lt. R. R. Reams; Bombardier, 2nd Lt. H. Madsen; Navigator, 2nd Lt. Nathan Strickstein.


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