Andrew Currie

S/Sgt. Andrew J Currie was assigned to the 459th BG 758th Squadron.
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Ordnance/Public relations Specialist.

I am sorry to report the passing of my father, Andrew Currie, on December 5, 2015, in Lake Elsinore, CA, at the age of 92. This is his obituary. Andrew Joseph Currie, 92, of Lake Elsinore, CA, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2015, at his home with family by his side after complications from a fall. Andrew was born January 10, 1923, in Brooklyn, NY. He was the son of Andrew Joseph Currie and Mary Casey Currie. Andrew graduated from St. Martin of Tours elementary and middle schools, Bishop Laughlin High School (Brooklyn), and St. Johns University (New York City). Andrew served his country with distinction during World War II. He entered service in December, 1942, and remained on active duty through and after the war until October, 1945. He served as part of the Fifteenth Air Force (304th Bomb Wing, 459th Bomb Group, 758th Bombardment Squadron), stationed in Cerignola near Foggia, Italy. Andrew rose to Staff Sargent and served both in armaments for the squadron’s B-24 heavy bombers, and as the squadron’s news reporter. The 758th played important roles in the critical Ploesti, Vienna and Munich air campaigns, and in support of Allied invasions of Italy, southern France and Normandy. For its efforts, the 304th Wing was honored with a Presidential Unit Citation and several other awards. Andrew’s news reports for the squadron live on today as part of the 459th’s official history maintained in Air Force archives at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL. After leaving service, Andrew married his high school sweetheart, Jeanette Romano Currie, also of Brooklyn, NY. They were married June 21, 1947, at St. Martin of Tours Church, and remained happily married for 68 years. Andrew and Jeanette raised five children: Patricia Lynn Honeycutt, who resides with husband Charles in Sacramento; Robert Andrew Currie, who resides with wife Elizabeth in Atlanta; Thomas Michael Currie, who resides with wife Catherine in San Diego; David John Currie who resides with wife Geraldine in Royersford, PA; and Donn Currie of Audubon, PA. Andrew’s professional career began in NYC with a paper broker, and continued for 39 years with the Fine Paper Division of Weyerhaeuser Company. Starting as a production scheduler, he assumed positions of increasing responsibility at company offices in Michigan, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. He retired in 1989 as a systems manager for the Fine Paper IT group. His accomplishments were many, and some of his programs remain in use today. After retirement to Lake Elsinore, CA, Andrew and Jeanette traveled widely from Alaska to Antarctica and made friends everywhere they went. Andrews was preceded in death by his mother, Mary, by his sister, Veronica Currie Vanderwerken and by his son, Donn Currie. His is survived by his wife, Jeanette, by his four children, and by five grandchildren: Vanessa Currie (San Diego), Andrew Currie (San Francisco), Emily Claire Currie (Atlanta), Oren and Natalie Currie (Royersford, PA). Andrew was a devout, lifelong Catholic who served his church in many capacities, including fundraising, teaching, and as Eucharistic Minister and Lector. He lived a full and meaningful life, and will be missed by many.
                         - 459th BG, Army Air Corps Library and Museum

                        - 459th BG, Army Air Corps Library and Museum

Tent Mates - 459th BG, Army Air Corps Library and Museum

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10/04/1943 Special Order 26 - transferred to 459th BG Assigned to 758the Sqn
10/04/1943 Special Order 26 - Squadron assignments
12/01/1943 December Roster
10/04/1943 Special Order 26 - Squadron assignments
12/01/1943 December Roster

Life in Italy - 1944 & 1945 PDF

Personal Album of Andrew J. Currie


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