New England Air Museum
Joseph A. Arrighi
Joseph Arrighi C. 1944
Joseph Arrighi C. 1944
Recent Address:
1507 Commons Way, Deer Park, NY 11729
Email:
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Family Information:
Parents: Angelo and Helen; Wife: Vivian; Children: Robert, Randall.
Hometown:
Union City, NJ
Date Entered Service:
October 23, 1943
Service Number:
0862120, 32563095
Bomb Group:
462nd
Squadron:
769th
Location of Unit:
Walker AAFB, Victoria, KS (October, 1943)
Missions Flown:
Hump Missions Flown:
2 - Administrative
Targets:
Awards/Decorations:
Bronze Star, Distinguished Unit Citation, Battle Stars (5+)
Service Schools Attended:
AAFTTC Technical School, Yale Univ., New Haven, CT 12/42 - 5/43;
Boeing Flying Fortress School, Seattle, WA 5/43 - 8/43;
Flight Engineer School, Smoky Hill AAB, Salina, KS 8/43 - 10/43
Military Specialty(ies):
MOS-4823: Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
Rank Upon Discharge:
Captain
Crew Type:
Ground crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:
Were you a POW?
No
Were you interned?
No
Date Transferred from the 58th:
October 11, 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th:
December 29, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:
Inactive reserves until March 6, 1953
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
With Republic Aviation as Stress Analyst after the war. Rose to Principal Structural Analyst in R&D and acted as Structural Mechanics Manager. Participated in this capacity on the US/FRG V/STOL progress in Munich, Germany. Was Survivability/Vulnerability Manager on the A-10 close air support aircraft, and was later instrumental in computerizing all of Engineering. Became Director of Technical Engineering and retired as Director of Automated Engineering.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
It was the most dramatic, traumatic and exciting time of my young life. Although I was separated for too long from my new, young bride, I was proud to have served with the Army Air Forces in a capacity for which I had much training. Especially was I proud to have served in my outfit. Al told, it was a memorable and rewarding service.
Comments:
It's great to have a wing of the NEAM dedicated to our wartime outfit.

Mr. Arrighi passed away August 6, 2005 and is buried at St. Charles Cemetery, Farmindgale, NY.

 

Jospeh Arrighi C. 2000
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