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Sid Tuinstra
Sid Tuinstra, WWII
Sid Tuinstra, WWII
Recent Address: 84 W. Division Street, Sparta, MI 49395
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Family Information: Parents: George and Henrietta; Wife: Jane (deceased); Children: James, Nancy, Sally, and Timothy
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Date Entered Service: December 9, 1942
Service Number: 36412182
Bomb Group: 468th
Squadron: 793rd
Location of Unit: Salina, KS; September 1943
Missions Flown: 3
Hump Missions Flown: 12
Targets: Bangkok, Anshan, Japan
Awards/Decorations: 4 Battle Stars, Air Medal, Presidential Unit Citation
Service Schools Attended: Power Turret School Jun 1943; Central Fire Control School Aug 1943; Advanced Instructor School Jun 1944
Military Specialty(ies):
Rank Upon Discharge: S/Sgt.
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-63356 Georgia Peach
Were you a POW? No
Were you interned? No
Date Transferred from the 58th: August, 1944
Date Discharged from the 58th: December 19, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Pattern and Model Maker (mostly for automotive industry)
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I believe the B-29s helped to make the invasion of Japan unnecessary, saving many lives.
Comments:

Our crew (Georgia Peach) was the first crew rotated home to become instructors for the crews going to the Islands. (1st from the 468th Group)

Mr. Tuinstra passed away July 15th 2011 and is buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Sparta, MI.

 


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