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J. Ivan Potts, Jr.
1st. Lt J. Ivan Potts, Jr. Clovis, NM, 1944
1st. Lt J. Ivan Potts, Jr. Clovis, NM, 1944
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Hometown:   Shelbyville, TN
Date Entered Service:   May 1942
Service Number:   AO449381
Bomb Group:   40th Bomb Group
Squadron:   25th Bomb Squadron
Location of Unit:   Chakulia, India; Nov 1944
Missions Flown:   35
Hump Missions Flown:   8 missions - 525 combat hours
Awards/Decorations:   Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation, American Campaign Medal with Battle Star, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Battle Stars, WWII Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, China Memorial Medal, Senior Pilot Wings (China), Personal Commendation from Gen. H.H. Arnold as member of LeMay's crew on record-breaking flight from Japan to Washington, Sept. 1945
Service Schools Attended:   Primary 1943; Twin Engine Instructors School 1944; B-17 Instructors School 1944
Military Specialty(ies):   Sqdn. Adjutant; 2-engine Instructor, MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB; MOS 1091-Pilot B-17
Rank Upon Discharge:   Captain
Crew Type:   Flight Crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-63420 Rankless Wreck, 42-24888 Smilin' Jack
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:   September 18, 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th:   December, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:   Tennessee Air National Guard.
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Foreign Service Officer, US Embassy, Lima, Peru--1946-47. Ford-Mercury Dealer, 1953-1980. Assoc. Director, Small Business Development Center, Middle Tennessee State University, 1981-84.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Proud of my service in the 40th Bomb Group. Finest group of men I ever knew.


J. Ivan Potts, Jr.
J. Ivan Potts, Jr.


J. Ivan Potts, Jr., William Townes, Gen. LeMay, Theodore Finder
Left to right - J. Ivan Potts, Jr., William Townes, Gen. LeMay, Theodore Finder


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