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Alfonso Camarena

 

Camarena in the 468th BG

 

Recent Address:

 

Email:

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Family Information:

Son: Bob Camarena

Hometown:

Merced Falls, CA

Date Entered Service:

 

Service Number:

O-737536, AO-0737536

Bomb Group:

468th

Squadron:

793rd

Location of Unit:

Tinian, Flight Crew # 14

Missions Flown:

10 Combat Missions + Show of Force Mission

Hump Missions Flown:

 

Targets:

Takamatsu 4 Jul 45, Chiba 7 Jul 45, Sendai 10 Jul 45, Utsunomiya 13 Jul 45, Fukui 20 Jul 45, Takarazuka 24 Jul 45, Hachioji 2 Aug 45, Saga 6 Aug 45, Fukyama 9 Aug 45, Hikari 14 Aug 45

Awards/Decorations:

Air Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal, National Defense Medal, Air Force Reserve Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, JCS Badge

Service Schools Attended:

Class WC 43-B; Air Tac School; Field Officers' Course

Military Specialty(ies):

Tinian- 1093 Pilot B-29 VHB, Retirement: 0076 Planning & Programming Officer

Rank Upon Discharge:

Lt. Colonel (Regular Air Force)

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-65276 Raiden Maiden II, 42-69663 Dragon Lady, 44-61672 Wrong Number, piloted 42-63534 Pioneer III home from Tinian

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

October 15, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

 

Post-WWII Military Service:

After returning to the U.S., was assigned to the 509th at Roswell Army Airfield (Walker AFB) and was part of the newly formed Strategic Air Command, Retired as a Lt. Col, Command Pilot in 1966 after serving in numerous assignments in the U.S., Japan and Germany, including a tour of duty with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1961-65. Last assignment as a member of a combat-ready crew as a B-47 SAC pilot at Little Rock AFB, 1958-1961.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

 

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

My father passed away on October 16th 1967 and never talked much about his wartime experiences. I do know that he was proud of his service, and as the son of Mexican immigrant parents, his service in the 58th Bomb Wing was a springboard to an Air Force career that provided him numerous opportunities and memorable experiences that he otherwise might have been denied. (submitted by Robert W. Camarena).

Comments:

Lt. Col.Camarena is interred at Hermosa Memorial Gardens, Colton, CA.

 

Camarena Postwar

 


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