New England Air Museum
Milton James

 

Recent Address:

25910 Gooseneck Road, Royal Oak, MD 21662

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Family Information:

Parents: Clint and Mary; Wife: Elaine; Children: Linda, Annette, Sarah, Rebecca

Hometown:

Towson, MD

Date Entered Service:

October 1, 1942

Service Number:

33375961

Bomb Group:

462nd

Squadron:

768th

Location of Unit:

Hays, KS

Missions Flown:

35

Hump Missions Flown:

27 round trips

Targets:

Yawata, Okura, Omura, Nagasaki, Sasebo, Formosa, Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya.

Awards/Decorations:

Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Service Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Marksman - Rifle and Pistol

Service Schools Attended:

Aircraft Elec. Spec. School - Chanute Field, IL Mar-May 1943; B-29 Flight Eng. School - Boeing Field, WA Jun-Sep 1943; Aircraft Armaments School - Lowery Field, CO Oct 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

Gunner, MOS 1028-Aircraft Observer, Flight Engineer (VHB)

Rank Upon Discharge:

Master Sergeant

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

 

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

July, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

September 29, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Sales of heavy construction equipment

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Another life. Fantastic and still unbelievable experience. The raw power of aircraft jet engines is one of my greatest thrills after having struggled with overloaded reciprocating engines that lifted us off on our prayers.

I still feel sorrow at times as I think of my friends who were lost and the life they have missed.

Comments:

I, and thousands of others, were sent from Kansas to India by troopship from Hampton Roads, VA to Casablanca, Morocco. From there by C-4 air troop carrier via Tunisia, Cairo, Abadan (Persia), Karachi and to Kharagpur. The troopship was the General Butner and we sailed alone across the Atlantic. This ship had a terrific record carrying troops all over the world -- Japan, the Islands, Korea, etc. Only one life was lost in its many years of service. I was on its second voyage, leaving March 19, 1944, and arriving in Kharagpur, India, April 12, 1944.

I arrived back in the States via a war-weary B-29, on July 11, 1945, and met my daughter of 16 months whom I had never seen. God is good.

 


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