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Earl C. Lind
Earl Lind, Tinian, 1945
Earl Lind, Tinian, 1945
Recent Address:   17240 Britt Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Family Information:   Parents: Conrad and Edith; Wife: Ethel; Children: Leslie Ann, Christina, Keith, Earl C. Jr.
Hometown:   Mount Vernon, WA
Date Entered Service:   April 20 1944
Service Number:   39474170
Bomb Group:    
Location of Unit:   Tinian - June 1945
Missions Flown:   13
Hump Missions Flown:    
Awards/Decorations:   Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal
Service Schools Attended:   Radio School, Sioux Falls, SD Jul 1944
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 2756-Airborne Radio Operator Mechanic
Rank Upon Discharge:   Staff Sergeant
Crew Type:   Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:    
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:   January 20, 1946
Date Discharged from the 58th:   January 20, 1946
Post-WWII Military Service:    
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Logging Contractor -- 1946 to 1976 -- Log Trucker. In 1976 to 1989 logged in northwest Washington and nine years in British Columbia, Canada. My trucking days were with a self-loading log truck and it was a very good investment.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
On arrival on Tinian, I don't remember my thoughts except on June 3rd, I observed my 23rd birthday. A couple of days later our crew went to Iwo Jima to bring back a repaired plane. The Japs had bombed the runway the day before and I think our Ferry Pilot was concerned, because he dropped the plane on the ground from some height. I was sitting on the nose wheel cover and I thought the nose wheel was going to come into the cabin. Our first mission was June 19th. Needless to say, I was scared, just as I was on every mission. But all went well. A couple missions later we were assigned our own plane. It was the dog of the Squadron. But our Flight Engineer remedied that on the second mission and we flew it home without any trouble.
Since I began going to the annual reunions, I have come to realize how fortunate our crew was to be assigned to the 58th. We weren't split up like some crews. Going back to Tucson for the reunion this year, 2003, will complete the circle. Ours was the first B-29's to flight train there in 1945. Someone was looking over me all through my service time. I am very grateful. While swimming, I dove too deep and broke an eardrum, so I was grounded for the last 4 missions. I missed the best of the war.


Earl Lind 2002
Earl Lind 2002


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