New England Air Museum
Walter J. Pare, Jr
 
Recent Address:   16 Cider Lane, Smithfield, RI 02828
 
Email:    
 
Family Information:    
 
Hometown:   Providence, RI
 
Date Entered Service:   July 7, 1942
 
Service Number:   11070362
 
Bomb Group:   444th Bomb Group
 
Squadron:   677th Bomb Squadron
 
Location of Unit:    
 
Missions Flown:   30 missions over Japan, China, Indochina and Malaya. 15 1/2 months overseas.
 
Hump Missions Flown:   Number unknown
 
Targets:   Palembang, Yawata, Hamamatsu, Rangoon, Saigon, Mukden
 
Awards/Decorations:   Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 5 Battle Stars, Distinguished Unit Badge
 
Service Schools Attended:   Radio Operator Mechanic, Sioux Falls, SD 18 weeks; Radar Operator Mechanic, Boca Raton, FL 20 weeks; Radar, Navigator and Bomardier, Salina, KS 5 weeks
 
Military Specialty(ies):   Radio Mechanic Operator, Radar Mechanic Operator
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   S/Sgt.
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   44-61646 This Is It!
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:    
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   October 15, 1945
 
Post-WWII Military Service:    
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Employee of the United States Postal Service for 39 years. Retired in 1985.
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
My father died in November, 1992. He did not speak much about his war service when I was growing up, but later in life he did speak of it. I know he flew with the first group of B-29's to go to India and from there to China. He said that he was at an airfield in India called Kharagpur. In China he flew out of Chengtu. He said he was on the first mission to bomb Japan in the spring of 1944, and he remembered flying on a mission to bomb the steel works at Mukden in Manchuria. His papers make no mention of these missions. He had a piece of shrapnel which came through the radar compartment on one mission to Singapore. He also told me of looking out the gunner's side blister and seeing an all-black Jap float plane flying right through the formation. Another time he told me of one mission that took him over the Bay of Bengal and seeing B-24 bombers flying well below his formation. His last mission was the fly-over during the Japanese Surrender Ceremonies on September 2, 1945.
 
Comments:
Deceased November 1992.

 


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