New England Air Museum
William Martin Foley


Bill Foley in India


Recent Address:

42 Foley Circle, Ridge Spring, SC 29129



Family Information:

Parents: Raymond and Fannie; Wife: Cassie Mae.


Ridge Spring, SC

Date Entered Service:

December 31, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Salina, KS (August, 1943)

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:



Manchuria, Formosa, Bangkok, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo


Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters,Good Conduct Medal,Distinguished Unit Badge,Distinguished Flying Cross

Service Schools Attended:

Airplane Mechanic, Love Field, Dallas, TX Jun 1942; Armament School, Lowery Field Aug 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

Airplane Mechanic Gunner

Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-63356 Lassie,42-63460 Lassie Too

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

July 14, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 4, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Farmer, Textile, Atomic Energy Plant in Aiken, SC

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I am proud to have been a part of the 58th Wing during World War II. General Sherman said, "War is Hell." I don't think you could find a better explanation. We did rain hell on the islands of Japan. I am saddened it had to be done, but I have no regrets if it saved the lives of thousands of our young men who would have had to invade the island. I am proud of all the men I served under and with. I don't think you could find a better group of men anywhere. I cherish our freedom more than anything, and would do it again if I could. God Bless the USA.


Mr. Foley passed away October 22nd 2011 and is buried at Kedron Baptist Churchyard, Aiken County, SC.


Cassie and Bill Foley


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