New England Air Museum
Carl H. Lenz
 
Carl Lenz on Tinian, July, 1945
Carl Lenz on Tinian, July, 1945
 
 
Recent Address:   14 Center, Box 1311, Chautauqua, NY 14722
 
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Family Information:   Parents: Carl and Mabel; Wife: Ann; Children: Linda, Lisa, Lucie
 
Hometown:   Pittsburgh, PA
 
Date Entered Service:   May 5 1944
 
Service Number:   13187652
 
Bomb Group:   444th
 
Squadron:   678th
 
Location of Unit:   West Field, Tinian - June 1 1945
 
Missions Flown:   13
 
Hump Missions Flown:    
 
Targets:   Kure, Takamatsu, Chiba, Sendai, Utsonomiya, Namazu, Fukui, Osaka, Tsu, Hachiogi, Yawata, Nagoya, Tokyo area
 
Awards/Decorations:   Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 Battle Stars, American Theater Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Aerial Gunner Wings
 
Service Schools Attended:   Gunnery School-Buckingham, FL Aug-Dec 1944; Gunnery Instructor-Laredo, TX Dec 1944-Jan 1945;
 
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 611-Aerial Gunner, MOS 2554-Aerial Gunnery Instructor
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   Sergeant
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-24899 Agitator II, 42-6215 Deacon's Disciples, Island Princess, Journey For Margaret
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:   October 31, 1945
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   June 6, 1946
 
Post-WWII Military Service:
Castle Field, Merced, CA, 1/1946 to 4/30/46; Davis Monthan Field, Tucson, AZ, 43rd Bomb Grp., Apr-Jun 1946
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Presbyterian Minister, 1953 to present (retired)
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
About two years following the end of WWII I began to realize that I had taken part in one of the great events in world history. Toward the end of the 20th century the war proved to be the greatest event of the century. Though victory over the Axis powers was ours, it remained that the toll of victory was horrendous to the participating nations, not only to the enemy, but ours as well. I shall never forget the sight of burning cities as we passed over them with our bombs falling on the conflagrations. At the time I wondered how the fires would ever be extinguished. I also gave some thought that there were innocent victims. It was another year or so later when I read the statistics relating to Japanese civilian casualties resulting from fire bombing alone. The numbers were appalling, raising many questions in my mind about the madness of warfare that was once limited to armies, but in WWII and later extended to civilian populations. I am proud to have served my country with the 58th Bomb Wing, but that service left me with questions that still beg for answers.
 
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Carl Lenz - 2002
Carl Lenz - 2002
 

 


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