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Raymond K. Childress


1st Lt. Raymond K. Childress, 1942


Recent Address:

319 Oak Glen Drive, San Antonio, TX 78209


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Family Information:

Parents: William and Leone


Seymour, MO

Date Entered Service:

June 1, 1941 at Jefferson Barracks, St, Louis, MO

Service Number:


Bomb Group:



769th and 770th

Location of Unit:

Walker AAF, Victoria, KS (November, 1943)

Missions Flown:

27 -- Credit for 35 counting the trips over the hump.

Hump Missions Flown:



Yawata, Anshan, Singapore


Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross (3), Air Medal (4)

Service Schools Attended:

Primary flying school, King City, CA Jun 1941; Basic flying school, Moffet Field, CA Sep 1941; Advanced flying school, Mather Field, CA Nov 1941

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1024-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft, MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB

Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6219 Petrol Packin' Mama, 41-36967 (Hobo Queen)

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

August 27, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

November 5, 1973

Post-WWII Military Service:

B-29, B-36 Squadron Commander at Ellsworth AFB, SD, with SAC; Deputy Commander, Manzano, NM, an atomic bomb storage site. Colonel Childress also served in Korea and Viet Nam.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Electronic Technician and Program Switcher at TV station KSAT at San Antonio, TX

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

It is nice to still have the living members (8) of my crew meeting at the 58th Bomb Wing reunions when able as well as the Deputy Commander of the 462BG, Maj. Gen. P.M. Hoisington.


For further comments, please see 58th Bomb Wing office.

Mr. Childress passed away November 29th 2007 in San Antonio, TX.  He is buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX.


Childress' crew on Tinian


Col. Raymond K. Childress, 1961


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