New England Air Museum
Howard T. Anderson
Recent Address:  
58 Hidden Cove, Valparaiso, FL 32580-1294
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Family Information:   Wife: Date Anderson
Hometown:   Los Angeles, CA
Date Entered Service:   January 18, 1943
Service Number:   39276120
Bomb Group:   40th
Squadron:   44th
Location of Unit:   Pratt, Kansas - September, 1943
Missions Flown:  
27 - Bailed out over Iwo Jima - last mission - May 1945
Hump Missions Flown:   Many
Bangkok, Yawata, Anshan, Nagasaki, Omura, Singapore, Mukden, Kure, Rangoon, Formosa, Nagoya, Hamamatsu.
Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation.
Service Schools Attended:  
Radio Operator-Mechanic March 1943; Radio Operator-Mechanic Aug. 1943; First Aid Course Sept. 1943
Military Specialty(ies):  
MOS 2756-Airborne Radio Operator Mechanic
Rank Upon Discharge:   S/Sgt (1945) / C/M Sgt (1973)
Crew Type:   Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:  
42-6268 Good Humpin', 42-6394 Last Resort, 42-65271 (unnamed), Last Resort II
Were you a POW?   No
Were you interned?   No
Date Transferred from the 58th:   July 1, 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th:   September 1, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:
Served with SAC 1947 - 1955, flying B-29 and B-50s
Transferred to Support Sqdn in Wiesbaden, Germany (USAFE)
Transferred to Patrick AFB, FL - Missile and Space Program - C54s and C-130s
Transferred to Hickam AFB, HI - Missile and Space Program - C-130s
Transferred to Elgin AFB, FL - Missile and Space Program - C54, C131
Transferred to Otis AFB, MA - Electronic Sensor Reconnaissance - EC-121
Transferred to McClellan AFB, CA - Electronic Sensor Reconnaissance - EC-121
Retired from USAF - Feb. 1973
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
United States Postal Service Letter Carrier (20 yrs)
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Closeness to friends - long time relationships, especially being on a flight crew. Patriotism and discipline taught to me camaraderie among the flight, maintenance and support people. War is hell and all efforts should be made to settle disputes peacefully before striking each other. Very proud about being assigned to a military unit which really brought about the end of that terrible war.


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