Bishop, Lewis, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1948-1948, Naval Hospital (NAVHOSP)/Navy Regional Medical Center (NRMC)/Naval Medical Center (NAVMEDCEN)/Naval
Service Years
1937 - 1948
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Cold War

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
DeKalb Junction

Date of Passing
Nov 01, 1987
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Order of the Shellback

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Last Known Activity

Author of Escape From Hell: An AVG Flying Tiger's Journey
Other Comments:
Downed five (5) Japanese planes while serving with AVG (Flying Tigers) in Burma and China, qualifying him as an "ace."

Forced to bail out from his damaged plane after a raid on Lao Kai, French Indochina on 17 May 1942. Captured by Vichy French and handed to Japanese military police (Kempetai). Held in Shanghai in brutal conditions for almost a year, almost dying from starvation, torture and disease.

Transferred to Kiangwan POW camp. Escaped from prison train with four Marines. For forty days they traveled 2,000 miles overland, reaching Allied lines on 30 June 1945.

After the war, Cdr. Bishop suffered from severe PTSD related to his time as a POW. He was medically retired from the Navy in 1948.
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Naval Aviator Wings
Command at Sea

 Duty Stations
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLSchool Assignments - StaffUSS West Virginia (BB-48)NAS Pensacola
CNO - OPNAVPrisoner of WarNaval Reserve Forces CommandNAS Jacksonville FL
US NavyUSS Leyte (CV-32)Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)
  1937-1937, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1937-1937, Navy Pre-Flight School
  1937-1938, Naval Flight Training
  1938-1940, USS West Virginia (BB-48)
  1940-1941, NAS Pensacola
  1941-1942, CNO - OPNAV
  1942-1945, Prisoner of War
  1945-1946, Naval Reserve Forces Command
  1946-1946, NAS Jacksonville FL
  1946-1947, Quonset Point, RI, COMFLTAIR
  1946-1947, VF-7B
  1947-1948, USS Leyte (CV-32)
  1948-1948, Naval Hospital (NAVHOSP)/Navy Regional Medical Center (NRMC)/Naval Medical Center (NAVMEDCEN)/Naval
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater1
 Colleges Attended 
  1935-1934, Others/Not Listed
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