New England Air Museum
James R. Mitchell
 
Recent Address:   5977 Leisure So. Drive, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548
 
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Family Information:    
 
Hometown:   New Castle, PA
 
Date Entered Service:   November 7 1942
 
Service Number:   15359252
 
Bomb Group:   444th
 
Squadron:   676th
 
Location of Unit:   Great Bend, KS
 
Missions Flown:    
 
Hump Missions Flown:    
 
Targets:    
 
Awards/Decorations:   Distinguished Unit Badge, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 6 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal
 
Service Schools Attended:   Bombsight/Autopilot Maint-Lowery Field, Denver, CO Jun-Oct 1943
 
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 574-Bombsight and Automatic Pilot Repairman
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   Sergeant
 
Crew Type:   Ground crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   Worked on all squadron aircraft as required.
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:   November 22 1945
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   November 22 1945
 
Post-WWII Military Service:
Air Force Reserve (inactive) 11/22/45 through 10/10/50; Active Duty 10/10/50 through 10/31/51, HQ Squadron, Base Installations, Eglin AFB, FL
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Engineer, Systems Distribution, Consumers Power Co., Jackson MI Div. Mgr., Control Power Systems, Harlo Corp., Grand Rapids, MI
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Experiences that have left many memories but I would not care to experience again. The friendships made during that period have been priceless! Although not on flight crew, I flew many hours on training and maintenance flights trouble shooting the bombsight and autopilots on the squadron aircraft and had a great affection for the B-29.
 
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