New England Air Museum
Joseph P. Maskalunas
Recent Address:   740 Carol Street, New Cumberland, PA 17070
Family Information:   Parents: Peter and Susan; Wife: Alma
Hometown:   Minersville, PA
Date Entered Service:   December 16 1940
Service Number:   13008826
Bomb Group:   444th
Squadron:   677th
Location of Unit:   Great Bend, KS - December 1943
Missions Flown:   Don't remember
Hump Missions Flown:   Don't remember
Targets:   Kawanishi, Nagoya, Hamamatsu, Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe (received Purple Heart) others.
Awards/Decorations:   Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Distinguished Unit Badge with 6 Oak Leak Clusters.
Service Schools Attended:   Aircraft Mechanics, Chanute Field, IL 1941; B-29 Armament, Lowry Field, CO 1943; NCO Academy, 8th Air Force, MA 1958
Military Specialty(ies):   Aircraft Mechanic / B-29 Right Gunner, B-29 Tail Gunner / B-29 Crew Chief
Rank Upon Discharge:   Master Sergeant
Crew Type:   Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-63375 Her Majesty
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:   September 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th:   1961 (retired)
Post-WWII Military Service:
Berlin Airlift, 1948; B-29s in Korean War, Aug 1950 to Mar 1951
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
A/C Mechanic, Olmsted Field; Helicopter Mechanic, New Cumberland Army Base
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
From the coal mines of Pennsylvania to world travel with occasional stops to get shot at -- how can you beat that?
Mr. Maskalunas passed away March 19, 2006 and is buried at Rolling Green Memorial Park, Camp Hill, PA.


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