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Jack C. Daw


Jack Daw, Navigation School, Hondo, TX, 1944.


Recent Address:

8041 Scarborough Blvd., South Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46256-2005



Family Information:

Parents: Herbert and Edna; Wife: Virginia; Children: Susan, Nancy, Jacqueline, Jeffrey and Marjorie.


San Diego, CA

Date Entered Service:

February 9, 1943

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Tinian (June, 1945)

Missions Flown:

11 with 1 aborted mission

Hump Missions Flown:



Kure, Ishinomaki, Namazu, Fukui, Takasuki, Aomori, Hachiogi, Saga, Hikari, Tokyo



Service Schools Attended:

Pre-flight, Santa Ana, CA Dec 1943-Mar 1944; Navigation School, Hondo TX March 1944-August 1944; Radar-Bombing School, Victorville, CA December 1944-March 1945

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1034-Navigator, MOS 0142-Radar Observer, Bombardment

Rank Upon Discharge:

1st Lt.

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6329 Ding Hao,42-63454 Thunder Bird,42-63488 (unnamed),42-24904 Ramp Tramp II,44-61628 (unnamed),42-63502 Long John Silver,42-63473 (unnamed),44-70148 (unnamed)

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

October, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

May, 1946

Post-WWII Military Service:

Transferred from Tinian to McDill Airfield, Nov. 1945 with remnants of 462nd Group, Col. Kalberer, Lt. Col. Randolph and others On duty until separation in Atlanta, GA in May, 1946. While at McDill we traveled the U.S. to look for a base suitable for B-29s.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Apprentice Carpenter during summers 1946-48. -- Worked part-time as an Accountant while attending San Jose State University. Fuller Brush Co. -- Also Insurance Claim Adjuster and Investigator while attending Indiana University School of Law, 1948-1951. Title Attorney for Indiana Highway Dept., 1952-54. Deputy Attorney General for Indiana Highway Dept., 1955-56. General Practice of Law, 1952-72. State Counsel for Ticor Title Ins. Co. for Indiana and Kentucky, 1972-87.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Although I was in the 58th Wing for only the last three months of the war and for nine months following the end of hostilities, I opine that my service with squadron and group and with the commanding officers left me with a very positive attitude and an inner confidence which affected my civilian life in college, law school and all of the other aspects of my civilian life.

I think one of the most positive influences was the prevalent attitude of the crews that they were among the best Wings in the Army Air Corps. I believe it was the mental attitude which had evolved from the procedures, training methods and the results of our missions. We received two Presidential Unit Citations in the short three months that I was a member of the Wing. Also an influence was the teamwork and cooperation which was prevalent in the everyday operation of the Wing. The individual efforts of the crews made the squadrons, groups and the Wing into the superior organization that it was and provided it with the ability and efficiency necessary for the organization to contribute materially in helping in the defeat of the Japanese Empire.


I personally received a great deal of satisfaction from my duties as the Radar Bombardier on those missions where I was directly involved in the bombings. I grew up in the Navy, so to speak, as my father was a career Navy man, having served for 27 years. On December 7, 1941, we were living in San Diego, California. My best friend in high school was the son of an acquaintance and fellow sailor of my father's who was on duty and who died on the USS Arizona. This occurrence really affected me and as a result after each of our missions, I personally had the feeling that I had in some small way assisted in the destruction of Japan in return for the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Mr. Daw passed away September 7th 2008.   He is buried at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Indianapolis, IN.


Jack Daw, February, 2003


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