New England Air Museum
Henry R. Staeben
Recent Address:   1408 Evergreen Drive, Apt. 8, Watertown, WI 53098-4286
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Family Information:   Wife: Helen; Children: Donna, Gary, Derwood
Hometown:   Milwaukee, WI
Date Entered Service:   June 10, 1940
Service Number:   #1 7032377; #2 0433419
Bomb Group:   444th Bomb Group; Hqtrs. Sqdn. 20th Bomber Command
Squadron:   676th Bomb Squadron
Location of Unit:   Great Bend & Salina, KS; Jul-Nov 1943
Missions Flown:    
Hump Missions Flown:    
Service Schools Attended:   West Point Prep School Fall 1940-Spring 1941; Aviation Cadet Jun 1941-Jan 1942; Pilot Observation School Curtis O-52 Aircraft Jan-Mar 1942
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB
Rank Upon Discharge:   Capt.
Crew Type:    
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   YB-29 41-36957 (first flight on 8/17/43); 42-6207, many others.
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:   August, 1944
Date Discharged from the 58th:   Oct 25, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:    
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
President of Industrial Supply Distributor Corp.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I can't separate my service between the 58th Wing and Hqtrs. 20th B.C. It is almost like they were one and the same. In the bomb groups I worked and flew with leaders like Col. Alva Harvey and Lt. Col. James Edmundson. In the 20th B.C. I had almost daily contact with Generals Wolf, Saunders and O'Donnell. Also the many Colonels in the Command. When General Kenney sent his Chief of Staff to Salina to check into the B-29's, I had the privilege of flying him on a special trip to Ft. Worth after which he requested my transfer to his Command. I refused the transfer. In the CBI, I was part of the chaos that took place in the early period.
Unfortunately, a serious injury and reoccurring malaria resulted in my return to the States in late August 1944. I returned to duty in the Spring of 1945 and immediately became an instructor B-29 Pilot at Davis-Monthan, Tucson, AZ. I am proud to have served in the original B-29 program.

Article: "Memories of the 444th Bomb Group" by Henry Staeben available in Memorial Office.


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