New England Air Museum
Eugene Frazier

 

Lt. Gene Frazier in 1945

 

Recent Address:

1130 Churchill Downs Road, Atlanta, GA 30319-1024

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Family Information:

Grandparents came to Kansas in covered wagons (late 1800's). Parents deceased. Five children, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

Hometown:

Athol, KS

Date Entered Service:

December 8, 1942

Service Number:

17135618, 0784417

Bomb Group:

468th

Squadron:

794th

Location of Unit:

Tinian (Spring 1945)

Missions Flown:

15

Hump Missions Flown:

 

Targets:

Osaka, Toyohashi, Kure, Fukui, Saga, Fukuyama

Awards/Decorations:

5 combat medals, seven ribbons - all nearly destroyed in fire.

Service Schools Attended:

Aviation Cadets 1943-4; SE Advanced Pilot Instructor School 1944; B-17/B-29 Training 1944

Military Specialty(ies):

Pilot: L-5, PT13,Basic, AT-6, B-17, P-40, B-29

Rank Upon Discharge:

Major (Ret.)

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-24893 Li'l Organ Annie

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

 

Post-WWII Military Service:

Kansas Air National Guard (Pilot) through 1963

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Thirty years same corporation --mergers: U.S. Plywood, Champion International , now International Paper, retired 1984.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Overloaded on first night takeoff to combat. Charts by Boeing stated 120,000 pounds. We were 141,000 pounds. Cribbage and bridge on those 16-hour missions. Navigated fighters to Iwo. POW supplies dropped at war end. Power display over Tokyo Bay -- Battleship Missouri. We looked up to the CBI veterans -- late replacement crew. All of our crew were past instructors, except navigator.

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Gene Frazier

 


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