Jack Bomar was born on June 10, 1926, in Flint, Michigan. He enlisted in the V-5 Program of the U.S. Navy on June 26, 1944, and went into the Navy Reserve on July 14, 1946. Jack obtained his private pilot's license in November 1946 and soon purchased a surplus Stearman Bi-Plane...the rest is history. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Naval Reserve on July 13, 1950, and he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on September 6, 1951. He was trained as a radar technician and helped build Strategic Air Command's Electronic Countermeasures Laboratory at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, before he received a direct commission in the Air Force on February 27, 1953. Lt Bomar completed Aircraft Observer School at Ellington AFB, Texas, in February 1954, and Navigator-Bombardier training at Mather AFB, California, in February 1955. His first assignment was as a Navigator-Bombardier on RB-26 Invader, RB-57 Canberra, and RB-66 Destroyer aircraft with the 1st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at RAF Fairford, England, from March 1955 to April 1958. He next completed Navigator training at Mather AFB from April 1958 to January 1959, followed by service as a B-47 Stratojet and B-52 Stratofortress instructor navigator with the 3535th and 3536th Navigator Training Squadrons at Mather from January 1959 to July 1962. Maj Bomar served as an academic instructor and training officer at Officer Training School at Lackland AFB, Texas, from July 1962 to December 1966, and then deployed to Southeast Asia as an EB-66 Destroyer Navigator with the 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Takhli Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, from December 1966 until he was forced to eject over North Vietnam and was taken as a Prisoner of War on February 4, 1967. After spending 2,221 days in captivity, Col Bomar was released during Operation Homecoming on March 4, 1973. He was briefly hospitalized to recover from his injuries at March AFB, California, and then served on the staff of Headquarters Pacific Air Forces at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, from October 1973 until his retirement from the Air Force on March 1, 1974. Jack married the former Kay England of Anchorage, Alaska, and they had 6 children together; Mike (deceased), Sam, Mark, Billy, James, and Susan; and 7 grandchildren. Jack Bomar died on May 21, 2009.
His 1st (of 2) Silver Star Citation reads:
Major Jack W. Bomar distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 4 February 1967. On that date, Major Bomar navigated an electronic countermeasures support aircraft into an extremely hazardous area to suppress radar controlled antiaircraft artillery and surface to air missiles in support of strike aircraft. Aware of the possibility of lethal missile sites and hostile aircraft in the area where poor radar returns and frequent course changes made navigation exceptionally difficult. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Major Bomar has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.