Do you know Flight Engineer/Tail Gunner?


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Posted by Henry Seymour on August 05, 2000 at 10:25:10:

I am researching my uncle's military past and would appreciate any help. Where might he have served in the Pacific? Does anyone remember him?

He is Irwin James Seymour
born 18 Jan 1918, Biloxi, MS
died 12 Aug 1986, Biloxi, MS

He joined the Army 26 Aug 1941 at Camp Shelby, MS and served at Keesler Field, Biloxi, MS at least through 29 Mar 44. He was somewhere in the Pacific from 7 Apr 1945 to 17 Nov 1945. He was discharged at Maxwell Field, AL on 28 November 1945.

He attended Aerial Gunnery school in Laredo, TX but I don't know when. His discharge paper states that he was associated with the 1505 AAF Base Unit, Mather Field, California.

He participated in Air Offensive Japan (17 Apr 42-2 Sep 45), Eastern Mandates (7 Dec 43-16 Apr 44), Western Pacific (17 Apr 44-2 Sep 45), China Offensive (5 May 45-2 Sep 45), Ryukyus (26 Mar 45-2 Jul 45). These dates are for the length of the campaigns not how long he was there.

He received the following decorations. This is the way it was listed on the discharge maybe you can help: American Defense Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal SO 89 Pr 39 Keesler Fld Miss 29 Mar 44, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/5 Bronze Stars, WW2 Victory Medal TWX M-20E 3216 26 Oct 45.

He departed the US on 7 Apr 45 for APT and arrived on 14 Apr 45. He then departed APT on 11 Nov 45 and arrived in the US on 17 Nov 45 and then he was discharged on 28 Nov 45. He is thought to have been in flight over Japan during the time of the dropping of the A-bomb, but not part of the main A-bomb squadron. Also, he is thought to have served on a B-24 as a tail gunner but might also have been a Flight Engineer because his occupational specialty was Flt Maint Gnr 748.

On his discharge in the section 55.Remarks there are two lines:
No time lost under AW 107
ASR Score 2 Sep 45 (SO) this might be SQ?

I would appreciate any help. Thanks.

Henry Seymour

Please email to me at:
seymour@hiwaay.net



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