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World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
1912 1
Panama Canal Zone 1
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Person:
Irving R Wirth 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1912 1
Panama Canal Zone 1
Residence:
Place: Cook County, Illinois 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
11 Feb 1943 1
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None 1
Army Component:
Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status) 1
Army Serial Number:
16171820 1
Enlistment Place:
Chicago Illinois 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Semiskilled engineers, stationary 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
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Box Number: 0230 1
Card Number: 3 1
Film Reel Number: 2.87 1

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Irving Robert Wirth

Isley Field, Saipan, Mariana Islands

Irving Robert Wirth

Enlisted as a Private in the Army Air Forces on 11 February 1943 at Chicago, Illinois.  Underwent B-29 aircraft transition and combat crew training at Smoky Hill Army Air Field, Kansas.  In September 1944, deployed to the Central Pacific Theatre of Operations and was assigned to 20th Air Force, XXI Bomber Command, 73rd Bomb Wing, 499th Bombardment Group, 877th Bomb Squadron stationed at Isley Field on Saipan in the Mariana Islands.  He was the last person to talk via radio with the aircrew of a Boeing B-29 Superfortress nicknamed “Wugged Wascal” (Serial #42-24658) Tail Code: V-Square-3. 

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