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Check out this "Comic Book" image of B-24 Top Turret Gunner, Ben Kuroki!!

Discussion in '93rd BG - Hardwick' started by B-24 Best Web, Sep 2, 2017.

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    Ben Kuroki (Top Turret Gunner, 93rd BG), the only Japanese "Nisei" (second generation) who was allowed to fly with the U.S. Army Air Corps over Europe and Japan during WWII. He was born an American citizen in Hershey, Nebraska. Flew 30 combat missions over Europe and North Africa in B-24's, including the famous raid over Hitler's oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania (1 Aug 43), and then he was transferred to the Pacific Theatre, where he flew 28 more combat missions over Japan as a Tail Gunner in the B-29 The Honorable “Sad Saki”, which was named in his honor.
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    Airwar Well-Known Member

    Thanks Dan for posting. I have his book.

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    Ben's original Army Air Corps enlistment 6 January 1942 https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record...tf=F&q=17024561&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=1370753 exactly 30 days after the Jap attack of Oahu!

    T/Sgt Ben Kuroki (Tinian)

    Capt. James R. Jenkins, Airplane Commander, The Honorable “Sad Saki”, 484BS, 505BG, 313BW, XXIBC, XXAF, North Field, Tinian

    Most Honorable Son http://www.bookmice.net/darkchilde/japan/war342.html

    Findagrave https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=151905138 could have a more complete bio.

    PBS http://www.pbs.org/mosthonorableson/theairwar2.html

    http://netnebraska.org/interactive-multimedia/none/war-most-honorable-son-ne-war-hero

    Nebraska history
    http://www.nebraskastudies.org/0800...braskastudies.org/0800/stories/0801_0607.html

    Tribute
    https://alchetron.com/Ben-Kuroki-986330-W

    AVC Tribute Videos: Ben Kuroki


    Jenkins Crew, Nebraska B-29 training
    Jim Jenkins Crew, Nebraska.jpg

    Jenkins Crew, Tinian, North Field
    Jim Jenkins 'Sad Saki' crew Tinian.jpg

    Jenkins Crew including tail gunner T/Sgt Ben Kuroki's B-29 [The Honorable 'Sad Saki'] (serial number not found checking Bob Mann registry)
    The Honorable 'Sad Saki'.jpg
     
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