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Sheldon J. Stover
Sheldon "Smoky" Stover, 1944
Sheldon "Smoky" Stover, 1944
Recent Address:   20622 N. 106th Lane, Peoria, AZ 85382-2248
Family Information:   Parents: Nelson and Inez; Wife: Anne; Children: Douglas, Timothy
Hometown:   Berrien Center, MI
Date Entered Service:   October 1942
Service Number:   16087481
Bomb Group:   462nd Bomb Group
Squadron:   768th Bomb Squadron
Location of Unit:   Piardoba, India; July 12, 1944
Missions Flown:   31
Hump Missions Flown:   12
Targets:   Bangkok, Singapore, Nagoya, Hamamatsu, Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Fukuoka, others
Awards/Decorations:   Air Medal with 2 clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with cluster, Distinguished Unit Citations (4)
Service Schools Attended:   Airplane Mechanic Dec 1942; Electrical Spec. Apr 1943; Armorer Gunner Aug 1943
Military Specialty(ies):  
MOS 1685-Airplane Electrical Mechanic-Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge:   S/Sgt. / CMSgt. (Ret.)
Crew Type:   Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-6346 Man-O-War
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:   August, 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th:   October, 1945
Post-WWII Service:
I reenlisted and served on a flight crew in the 43rd BW Tucson, AZ on B-29s until 1949. I transferred to 2nd BW, Savannah, GA on B-50s. In 1953 I quit flying and attended B-47 school in Amarillo, TX going back to 2nd BW until 1959 then transferring to 43 BW, Ft. Worth, TX on B-58 Supersonic Bombers on to Little Rock, AK. Left SAC for a 3-year tour in Bermuda as Line Chief. Back to SAC, Riverside, CA in 1969 as Bomber Branch Chief on B-52s. Then back to Ft. Worth, TX assigned to Engineering Division of HQ SAC where I retired in 1972.
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I was on the first replacement crew in the 768th Sqd having trained on B-29s in Clovis, NM. We flew the oldest B-29s including the YBs. So getting a new aircraft and going to combat was less dangerous than flying in Clovis. I had more harrowing experiences after the war while flying an additional 7,000 hours.


Crew photo, 1943


Sheldon and Anne Stover, 2003
Sheldon and Anne Stover, 2003


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