New England Air Museum
Paul Joseph Hermsen

 

Recent Address:

8108 Laura Lynne Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46217

Email:

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Family Information:

Parents: Joseph and Angeline; Wife: Elizabeth; Children: Paul, James, Robert, Elizabeth

Hometown:

David City, NE

Date Entered Service:

November 24, 1942

Service Number:

37465483

Bomb Group:

468th

Squadron:

792nd

Location of Unit:

Great Bend, KS - August 1943

Missions Flown:

 

Hump Missions Flown:

 

Targets:

 

Awards/Decorations:

Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 6 Bronze Stars, Distinguished Unit Badge, Overseas Service Bars (3), Air Offensive Japan, Bismarck Archipelago, Central Pacific Campaign, China Campaign, Eastern Mandates, India-Burma Campaign

Service Schools Attended:

Bombsight Mechanic 6 weeks; Automatic Pilot, Indianapolis, IN 18 weeks; Automatic Pilot Mechanic, Boston, MA

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 683-Bombsight Mechanic, MOS 574-Bombsight and Automatic Pilot Repairman

Rank Upon Discharge:

Staff Sergeant

Crew Type:

Flight crew and Ground crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

 

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 25, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

He operated his own body shop business and in 1963 moved to Indianapolis where he made his home. He was a body shop manager for many local dealerships before retiring in 1986.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Departed on Feb. 11, 1944 for India, arrived on May 2, 1944. Served as bombsight mechanic. Performed duties overseas in India and Tinian. Inspected, cleaned, tested, lubricated, calibrated and made minor parts replacement to bombsights and auto flight control equipment. Removed bombsights from airplanes and mounted on test stands. Checked accuracy of computing mechanism and replaced bearings and other moving parts.

Comments:

Mr. Hermsen passed away March 5, 2012. He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Greenwood, IN.

 


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