New England Air Museum
Harold E. Mufford

 

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Hal Mufford, India 1944-45.

 

Recent Address:  

57 N. Hartland Street, Middleport, NY 14105-9701

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Family Information:  

Parents: George and Doris; Wife: Millie; Siblings: George Jr., Marceline

Hometown:  

Middleport, NY

Date Entered Service:  

November 2, 1942

Service Number:  

12200457

Bomb Group:  

468th

Squadron:  

794th

Location of Unit:  

Salina, KS September, 1943

Missions Flown:  

Flew 35 missions in the CBI and Marianas.

Hump Missions Flown:  

18

Targets:   >Bangkok, Palembang, Anshan, Okayama, Formosa, Rangoon, Singapore, Mukden, Hankow, Kokubu, Kawasaki, Kyushu, Nagoya, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Tomioka, Kure, Toyohack, Takamatsu, Chiba
Awards/Decorations:  

Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 8 Battle Stars, Presidential Unit Citation with 3 clusters.

Service Schools Attended:  

AP Mechanic, Lincoln, NE Dec 1942; PP Specialist, Chanute Field Apr 1943; B-29 Armament, Lowry Field Aug 1943

Military Specialty(ies):  

MOS 1684-Airplane Power Plant Mechanic-Gunner

Rank Upon Discharge:  

Staff Sergeant

Crew Type:  

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:  

42-6222 Deuces Wild, 42-6242 Esso Express, 42-93828 Monsoon Goon, 42-63464 Belle Ringer, 42-6365 General H.H. Arnold Special, 42-65208 Andy's Dandy's

Were you a POW?  

No

Were you interned?  

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:  

October, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:  

October 2, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

Air Weather Service, Fairfield-Suisun AFB, CA; Alaskan Air Command at Sheyma AFB and Eilson AFB, Alaska; Flew some weather missions from CA to Elmindorf and Fairbanks, Alaska. Served as AP power plant mechanic and clerk typist. Also served as Administrative specialist for Deputy of Supply and Maintenance of the 375th Reconnaissance Squadron (VLR) Weather at Eilson AFB, Alaska.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Worked at GMC as a Safety Representative. Retired from GMC.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

It was a learning experience that I'm glad I had. As a group we accomplished a lot of firsts in the world. I enjoyed the people I met and worked with. Many of us still have contacts for reunions and get-togethers. We share our successes and sorrows together. May God be with us forever.

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Salina, KS - 1944

 

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Hal Mufford, 2000

 


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