uncle ted fought in the war


Uncle Ted was born November 23, 1920.

He married Aunt Wilma and then volunteered for the service.

The photo on the left is smoke above Hikari, Japan

The hand written note was found on the back of the photo.

The green arrow marks the location of Hikari, Japan

Uncle Ted is in the front row, 4th from the left

Uncle Ted was a gunner on a B-29 Bomber.  That’s him in the gun turret.

You can also see him sitting on a bomb in the photo on the bottom right.

He’s on the far left of the photo


As you can see, the name of his plane was Genie.  There were actually two different planes named Genie.  The first Genie was serial # 42-63455 and the second Genie was serial # 44-61812


Uncle Ted belonged to the 58th bombardment wing, 40th bombardment (bombardier) group, 25th squadron.  All under the oversight of the 20th Bombardment Command.  Activated June 1944 and based on Tinian Island in the Northern Mariana Islands


When Uncle Ted enlisted in the Army, the enlistment was for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law.

The following is a time line of Uncle Ted’s Military Career

shown next to some historical WW II dates




The War





April 7


Fort Sheridan, Illinois



Oct 29  - Nov 3








Mar 10 - Apr 24

Tucson, Arizona



May 4 - May 30

Chicago, Illinois



June 25 - June 29

Topeka, Kansas

New Plane



July 2




July 5




July 6




July 7






July 14

The first U.S. Naval bombardment of Japanese home islands

July 16


July 16

First Atomic Bomb is successfully tested in the U.S.

July 20






July 26

Components of the Atomic Bomb “Little Boy” are unloaded at Tinian Island.

July 27




Aug 1




Aug 5 - Aug 6

Bombing run over

Imabari, Shikoku

470 Sorties (Urban)





Aug 6

First Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima from a B-29 flown by Col. Paul Tibbets

Aug 7

Low Time



Aug 8






Aug 9

Second Atomic Bomb is dropped on Nagasaki from a B-29 flown by Maj. Charles Sweeney

Aug 14

Bombing run over


320 Sortes (Arsenals)

Aug 14

Japanese accept unconditional surrender.

Aug 24

Hikari Naval A. R.



Aug 31




Sept 2


Sept 2

Formal Japanese surrender ceremony on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

Nov 9

Tinian & Guam







Jan 21

Iwo Jima & Guam