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William J. Bray


William Bray

Recent Address:

23 Hickory Hill Road, New Britain, CT 06052

Email:

 

Family Information:

Wife: Virginia

Hometown:

New London, CT

Date Entered Service:

August 5, 1943

Service Number:

 

Bomb Group:

40th

Squadron:

44th

Location of Unit:

Tinian (July, 1945 - February, 1946)

Missions Flown:

3 over Japan

Hump Missions Flown:

 

Targets:

 

Awards/Decorations:

Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal

Service Schools Attended:

Gunnery, Ft. Meyers FL 1944; Armament, Lowry Field 1944; Central Fire Control, Lowry 1944

Military Specialty(ies):

 

Rank Upon Discharge:

S/Sgt

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

 

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

February 13, 1946

Date Discharged from the 58th:

February 25, 1946

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

VP Sales and Marketing -- The Stanley Works, New Britain CT

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

It was a time when we were young and determined to defend our country and make the world a better place. It was also a time of new and great friendships, travel to new and distant places, fear of being killed and pride in doing your job.

Comments:

Mr. Bray passed away August 25, 2005 and is buried at St Mary Cemetery, New Britain, CT

 


McCrady's crew, Tampa Fla., 1944

 


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