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Sid Tuinstra
 
Sid Tuinstra, WWII
Sid Tuinstra, WWII
 
Recent Address:   84 W. Division Street, Sparta, MI 49395
 
Email:    
 
Family Information:   Parents: George and Henrietta; Wife: Jane (deceased)
 
Hometown:   Grand Rapids, MI
 
Date Entered Service:   December 9, 1942
 
Service Number:   36412182
 
Bomb Group:   468th
 
Squadron:   793rd
 
Location of Unit:   Salina, KS; September 1943
 
Missions Flown:   3
 
Hump Missions Flown:   12
 
Targets:   Bangkok, Anshan, Japan
 
Awards/Decorations:   4 Battle Stars, Air Medal, Presidential Unit Citation
 
Service Schools Attended:   Power Turret School Jun 1943; Central Fire Control School Aug 1943; Advanced Instructor School Jun 1944
 
Military Specialty(ies):    
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   S/Sgt.
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-63356 Georgia Peach
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:   August, 1944
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   December 19, 1945
 
Post-WWII Military Service:    
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Pattern and Model Maker (mostly for automotive industry)
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I believe the B-29s helped to make the invasion of Japan unnecessary, saving many lives.
 
Comments:
Our crew (Georgia Peach) was the first crew rotated home to become instructors for the crews going to the Islands. (1st from the 468th Group)

 


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