My father Edward Rafferty enlisted in the Army Air Corp on March 1, 1941 and was discharged October 21 1945.I have his Amry Serial Number. He was living in the Bronx when he enlisted and was first stationed at Mitchel Field Long Island NY.By July 4th 1941 he was at Scott Field Ill (have pictures).His WG AGO form 53-55 Honorable Discharge/Separation papers list his military occupation as a "Synthetisr Opr Instr 970".Does anyone know what a "Synthetis(e/o)r" is? He attended service school at AAFTS at Scott.
He was stateside for 3 yrs, 8 months, then on Nov 18 1944 was sent to CBI (China, Burma India) and returned to the US on 10 Oct 1945.During his 10+ months overseas he received 5 Bronze Stars for the Air Offensive Japan, China, Eastern Mandates, Central Burma, India, Burma.He told us he was a Radio Operator/Gunner on B17.
He was at Tinian Island in August 1944 when we dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima Japan.He flew on a reconasaince? flight over Japan 2 days after the bomb was dropped.
My Dad is gone now, but told us stories about some of his experiences.He was on a aircraft (B17? B29?) that was shot down in the south Pacific and was the last man to escape the plane before it sunk, taking crewmen with it.They floated around the ocean until picked up by a US Navy ship.
Does anyone remember him? Is there any way I can confirm his being at Tinian and surving the above crash?I know records in St Louis were destroyed by a fire and that inquiries to the St Louis depository can take 6 months or more for an answer.
I would deeply appreciate any help!Thank you! Kristine