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William Diaz

 

Bill Diaz in India

 

Recent Address:

7400 S.W. 140 Terrace, Miami, FL 33158

Email:

littlecheese@worldnet.attnet

Family Information:

Parents: Pilar and Fulgencio; Wife: Martha; Children: John, William, Rick

Hometown:

New York City, NY

Date Entered Service:

February 2, 1944

Service Number:

42059828

Bomb Group:

462nd

Squadron:

770th

Location of Unit:

India (December, 1944)

Missions Flown:

20

Hump Missions Flown:

3

Targets:

Rangoon, Omura, Formosa (3), Osaka (2), Nagoya, Kobe, Tokyo, Yokohama, Fukui, Omura (Dumbo), Namazu, others

Awards/Decorations:

Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Air Offensive Japan, Central Burma Campaign, India-Burma Campaign

Service Schools Attended:

Armorer Gunner - Florida 1944

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 612-Airplane Armorer-Gunner

Rank Upon Discharge:

S/Sgt

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-65232 Missouri Queen,42-24590 Celestial Princess

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

December 12, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

After the war attended New York University, BS degree in 1950 -- Physical Education Instructor; 1953-70 High School Phys. Ed. Teacher/Swimming Coach; 1970-85 Univ. of Miami Men's & Women's Swimming Coach; 1985 to present retired.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Great Pilot A.J. Keller; Co-Pilot Bob Jergensen, Flight Engineer Iule Lindy. Flew over the Hump, landed in China, flew to Japan, two Tokyo missions - tough. Landed at Iwo Jima after being shot up over Nagoya, Japan. Osaka - tough mission.

Comments:

 

 

Bill Diaz in India

 

Back Row: Alfred J. Keller, Pilot; Robert W. Jurgensen, Co-Pilot; Lewis Patton, Bombardier; Jack Gruber, Navigator; Ivle Lindy, Flight Engineer; Billie J. Gabe, Radio Operator.
Front Row: Raymond E. Stevens, Radar Operator; Thomas F. Harrington, CFC Gunner; William Diaz, Waist Gunner; Steve Mikstay, Waist Gunner; William D. Kinninger, Tail Gunner

 


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