New England Air Museum
Chester Higby Freeman

 

Pilot Chet Freeman

 

Recent Address:

1004 Highland Road, Ithaca, NY 14850

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Family Information:

Parents: George and Edith; Children Gerald, Mary

Hometown:

Albany, NY

Date Entered Service:

April, 1943

Service Number:

O-18891

Bomb Group:

468th

Squadron:

792nd

Location of Unit:

Tinian (May, 1945)

Missions Flown:

21

Hump Missions Flown:

 

Targets:

Nagoya, Kobe, Sendai, Aomori, Yokohama, others

Awards/Decorations:

Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters

Service Schools Attended:

Army Aviation Pilot Program

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB

Rank Upon Discharge:

1st Lt.

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-93877 Snooky's Brats

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

January, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Professor -- Cornell University, Ithaca, NY -- Taught Communications; Flying Instructor, part-time.

Professor Emeritus at Cornell University.  Cornell University awards the Chester H. Freeman Communication Leadership Award in his honor to an undergraduate student each year.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

An exciting experience but I do not want to do it again.

Comments:

See pages 24 and 25 of a booklet I left at the dedication, "Superfortress Over Japan" by Delano, Ostman, (A copy of this booklet is on file in the 58th Bomb Wing Memorial office.)

Chester Freeman died on September 29, 2008 in Ithaca, NY and is buried at Constable Cemetery, Constable, NY.

 

Chet Freeman with a model of "Snooky's Brats"

 


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