New England Air Museum
William M. Ganek

 

ganek1
Bill Ganek - WWII

 

Recent Address:

3046 North Normandy Ave., Chicago, IL 60634

Email:

 

Family Information:

Parents: John and Josephine; Son: William J.

Hometown:

Chicago, IL

Date Entered Service:

July 25 1942

Service Number:

16126969

Bomb Group:

444th

Squadron:

677th

Location of Unit:

Goodfellow Field, TX

Missions Flown:

32

Hump Missions Flown:

6

Targets:

From CBI and Tinian - - China and Japan

Awards/Decorations:

Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 clusters, Air Medal, many more.

Service Schools Attended:

B-17 and BT-13 1943; B-29 and B-24 ; Aircraft Elec. - Gunnery 1944

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1685-Airplane Electrical Mechanic-Gunner

Rank Upon Discharge:

Staff Sergeant

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-63375 Her Majesty (lost over Japan); Lady Jane (lost an engine in Hawaii)--lead crew- Lt. Col. Frank Englert was our pilot.

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 13 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Control Tower, O'Hare Field, Chicago, IL; part-time controller and maintenance

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

58th Bomb Wing transferred name from Army Air Corp to Air Force; from Brown Shoe Air Corp to Black Shoe Air Force; from brown uniform to blue all in my time.

Comments:

I worked on the first B-29 at the Boeing plant in Seattle, Washington.

Mr. Ganek passed away March 4, 2011.

 

ganek2
Bill Ganek - 2004

 


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