Antone Jackim was born on February 5, 1930 in Racine, Wisconsin. He dropped out of high school to become a factory inspector before enlisting in the US Air Force in 1949. He received basic training in San Antonio, Texas before training to become an aircraft and engine mechanic. He was deployed to Korea at the outset of the war in June 1950 and was attached to the 307th Bombardment Group, 372nd Bombardment Squadron based at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. Aside from his mechanic duties, he often took part in bombing missions on B-29s over Korea. After an injury at his military base, he returned home in 1951 to recover from his wounds and further his education. After his military service, he went on to work at several nuclear power plants in California.
Life in Okinawa
Antone Jackim talks about daily life at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. He describes the food, his sleeping quarters, and his pay as a corporal in the Air Force.
An Aircraft Mechanic's Duty during the Korean War
Antone Jackim describes his duty as an aircraft and engine mechanic during the Korean War. He talks about being a part of the B-29 flight crew, his job to help operate the air vents and electric motors when the pilot needed a break. On one mission, 3 out of 4 engines were hit by gun fire, the bomber barely making it back to Japan.
372nd Bombardment Squadron
Antone Jackim talks about the mission of the 372nd Bombardment Squadron based at Kadena Air base, Japan. He describes the 9-member crew and the typical mission that was carried out on a B-29 Superfortress.