New England Air Museum
Neal S. Crist

 

Neal Crist, 1941

 

Recent Address:

4609 Charlotte Court, El Paso, TX 79924

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Family Information:

Parents: Anna and Lester; Great Grandfather George F. Shoemaker, Civil War POW at Andersonville

Hometown:

Claysburg, PA

Date Entered Service:

September, 1941

Service Number:

13030911, 43566

Bomb Group:

444th

Squadron:

677th

Location of Unit:

Dudkundi (November, 1944)

Missions Flown:

18 (6 in India; 12 from Tinian)

Hump Missions Flown:

1

Targets:

Bangkok, Singapore (3), Kuala Lumpur, Osaka (2), Okayama, Kagamigahara, Chiba, Sendai, Namazu, Fukui, Tsu, Hachiogi, Imabari, Hikari (last day of war)

Awards/Decorations:

Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters,Air Force Commendation Medal with 2 ClustersAir Force Outstanding Unit Award with 2 Clusters,American Defense Service Medal,American Campaign Medal,Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal,WWII Victory Medal,Army of Occupation Medal,National Defense MedalKorean Service Medal,UN Service Medal,Vietnam Service Medal,Korean War Service Medal

Service Schools Attended:

A & E Mechanic, Sep 1941; B-17 School, Dec 1943; Flight Engineer School, Mar 1944

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 737-Flight Engineer VHB, Flight Chief

Rank Upon Discharge:

M/Sgt

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-24472 Sky Chief,
42-63375 Her Majesty

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

October, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 19, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

1948 to 1951: 98BW B-29 Korea 56 Missions, Flight Engineer1952 to 1956: 92BW B-36 Aircraft Performance Engineer1957 to 1958: NAV/ECM SCH1959 to 1966: 95BW B-52B EWO Vietnam 5 missions1966 to 1971: 380th Strat. WG. B-52G Staff Officer23 years in SAC -- retired in 1971

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Machinist

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Scary -- but all the guys did what they had to do. I would not wish to relive that portion of my life again, and I'm thankful that I was up to the job.

 

Neal Crist, 1996

 


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