New England Air Museum
Fred J. Wallen
 
Recent Address:   9662A S.W. 95th Court, Ocala, FL 34481
 
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Family Information:   Wife: Esther; Child: Priscilla
 
Hometown:   Brooklyn, NY
 
Date Entered Service:   May, 1942
 
Service Number:   12083196
 
Bomb Group:   462nd
 
Squadron:   769th
 
Location of Unit:   Hays, KS; October 1943
 
Missions Flown:   35
 
Hump Missions Flown:   Approx. 10
 
Targets:   Yawata, Omura, Hiro, Nagoya, Tokyo, Osaka, Amagasaki, Sumatra, Formosa (3), Manchuria, Singapore, Rangoon, Philippines (Photo Mission)
 
Awards/Decorations:   Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, China Defense Medal.
 
Service Schools Attended:    
 
Military Specialty(ies):   Central Fire Control Turret Mechanic Gunner,
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   T/Sgt.
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   Ole Man Mose
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:   July, 1945
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   September, 1945
 
Post-WWII Military Service:    
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Transportation and Logistics Planning in U. S. Postal Service -- Retired in September, 1976.
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
My military service was an unforgettable experience, especially so as a member of the 58th B.W.Some of the outstanding events that I was privy to as a member of a flight combat crew are:
  • Prior to our first bombing mission over Japan being briefed by Lord Louis Mountbatten.
  • Photo mission of the Philippines required by General MacArthur prior to the invasion.
  • The many flights over Formosa.
  • Flying the "Hump"
  • All the combat missions that we completed.
 
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