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Herschell R. Vaughn
H.R. Vaughn, 1944
H.R. Vaughn, 1944
Recent Address: 2920 Foothill Trail, Marietta, GA 30066
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Family Information: Parents: deceased; Wife: Margaret; Children: Steven, Glenn
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Date Entered Service: March, 1943
Service Number: 34765127
Bomb Group: 444th Bomb Group
Squadron: 676th Bomb Squadron
Location of Unit: Herrington, KS; July 31, 1944
Missions Flown: 36
Hump Missions Flown:
Targets: Rangoon, Nagoya, Tokyo, Osaka (2), Kobe, Omura, Himeji, Kagamigahara, Okayama, Kure, Takamatsu, Chiba, Sendai, Namazu, Fukui, Tsu, Hachiogi, Imabari, Hikari
Awards/Decorations: Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with Battle Stars, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross
Service Schools Attended: Radio School-Sioux Falls, SD May 1943
Military Specialty(ies): MOS 757-Radio Operator-Mechanic-Gunner, AAF
Rank Upon Discharge: T/Sgt.
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 44-70143 Talie Ho!, 44-70123 Ho Hum, 42-24873 Snuffy, 42-65337 Jo, 42-24524 Super Mouse, 42-24485 Lady Marge, 42-24538 Beter 'N' Nutin, Li'l Herbert
Were you a POW? No
Were you interned? No
Date Transferred from the 58th:
Date Discharged from the 58th: November 10, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:
USMC Reserve/MGC15-15-- Ground Control Intercept Squadron; USAF 94th Bomb Wing-- NCOIC Transmitter Station, Hunter AAF (1951-1953)
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Engineering Draftsman/Civil Aero. Admin.; Building Contractor/Residential; General Electric/Field Engineer; Siemens Energy & Automation/Contract Engineer; Manufacturers' Representative/Electronic Equipment
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
After unsuccessfully trying to volunteer for the Army Air Corps, Navy and Marine aviation cadet programs due to faulty color perception, I have always thought it ironic to end up on a B-29 flight crew. However, it did introduce me to the field of electronics and communications which would eventually become my primary career. Looking back at the crews participation in various missions, it does instill a sense of pride. We were all eager to do our part in punishing Japan and helping to win the war in the Pacific. The overall experience taught me how to accept difficult living conditions, differences in people from different backgrounds and the value of discipline and teamwork. The experience gave me the self confidence to take a risk if the reward was worthwhile. As our numbers decline, I feel a close bond to any and all of those who are still blessed to be here, and a much greater appreciation of what they did.
Comments:

A copy of H. R. Vaughn's comprehensive history of the 58th Bomb Wing, 444th Bomb Group, 676th Bomb Squadron, entitled "The Odyssey of B-29 Crew #16" is on file in the 58th Bomb Wing Memorial Office.

H. Read Vaughn died on 19 March 2009

 

H.R. Vaughn, 2002
H.R. Vaughn, 2002

 


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