New England Air Museum
Milton W. Heyne


Milt Heyne (center) with Charles Rust (lt.) and T.C. Chou (rt.) in China


Recent Address:

San Pedro, CA



Family Information:

Wife: Lorraine; Children: Catherine, James, Linda, Rebecca, and John


Hinsdale, IL

Date Entered Service:


Service Number:


Bomb Group:

355th Engineering Sq., 87th Service Group



Location of Unit:

Dudkundi, India 1943

Missions Flown:

Mission to retrieve classified radar equipment from B-29 crash site in occupied China.

Hump Missions Flown:






Service Schools Attended:

Illinois Tech. (Lewis Institute), Chicago, IL 1942; American Television, Chicago, IL 1943; Signal Corps. Camp Murphy, FL (Radar) 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

Radar repairman, technician

Rank Upon Discharge:

Staff Sergeant

Crew Type:


Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-24510 Old Rover

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:


Post-WWII Military Service:

None as military. We came back as a unit to form the cadre of Strategic Air Command with General LeMay as Commanding Officer.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

GI Bill (Valpo & Purdue). Rejoined 58th Wing personnel as Contract Electrical Engineer 8th Air Force Hq., Carswell AFB, Ft. Worth, Texas and SAC Hz. Offutt AFB, Omaha, Nebraska.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

It launched me into an engineering career associated partly with radar bombing equipment until I retired from Hughes Aircraft in 1992.


As radar technician with the 58th Bomb Wing's 355th Engineering Squadron, I was airlifted with a team into a rural area of Sichuan province to find a downed B-29 bomber. We found the plane, removed the black box and other classified equipment and destroyed the aircraft. We took the equipment out and then we poured fuel from the wing tanks over the airplane. The Chinese had covered it with palm fronds so it was camouflaged.

While I was there, I spoke to a Chinese middle school, where an officer with children in the school gave me a gift. Wrapping paper covered toothpaste, towels. chopsticks and other items. I kept the wrapping paper because I didn't know where I was, and I noticed it had my address on it.

I still hope to revisit the crash site in China some day.

Mr. Heyne passed away August 3, 2010.


Milt Heyne holds rice paper envelope from thank you gift he received while on a mission in China.


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