John Misterly

John Misterly, Jr. (Colonel USAF Ret.):
Member of the 444th Bomb Group


Mini Biography

John Misterly enlisted in the Army and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant before being accepted into the USAAF Aviation Cadet program. After earning his commission he was assigned to the first organized B-29 Bomb Group in 1943.

Col. Misterly has had 35 years of service to his country, and holds decorations and citations from the U.S. and several allied nations. His post-war operational assignments included more than 200 cargo runs during the Berlin Airlift, flying bombers and fighters in Korea and Vietnam and being the first Air Force/Navy officer to qualify as a carrier-based fighter pilot under an Air Force/Navy exchange program. He retired in 1978.

Misterly was born in Los Angeles, was the fifth of six children, attended public schools in Southern California earning degrees from the University of Southern California and the Air Force War College while on active duty with the Air Force. When not writing (Misterly is an accomplished author of several books: Over and Under, Thunderheads) or lecturing, the Colonel keeps busy honing his golf game, and playing saxophone in local theatre productions.

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