New England Air Museum
Paul R. Hunt


S/Sgt. Hunt- March 1944


Recent Address:

6900 Hopeful Road, #121, Florence, KY 41042


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Family Information:

Rudolph Hunt- father; Ethel (McChesney) Hunt- mother; Parents married shortly after WWI


Detroit, MI

Date Entered Service:

November 11, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Smoky Hill, Kansas - Jan-Mar 1944

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:

17: Salua, India to Chengtu, China


Yawata, Japan; Ahshan Manchuria (2); Formosa (2); Palambang, Bankok and Photo Recons


Presidential Unit Citation; Air Medal w/ Gold Leaf; Asiatic Theater w/ Silver Star; Phillipine Liberation Ribbon; China War Medal (Chinese Government); Good Conduct Medal; Gunners Badge

Service Schools Attended:

Aero Mechanics- Gulfport Miss. 1943 (6 mos.); Boeing Factory School, Lowry Gunnery School 1943 (6 mos.); Combat Training, Smoky Hill, KS 1944 (4 mos.)

Military Specialty(ies):

Aircraft Mechanic, B-29 Combat Crew, Gunner/ Mechanic

Rank Upon Discharge:

Private First Class (Staff Sergeant was highest rank)

Crew Type:

Flight crew and Ground crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6242: Esso Express, 42-6365: General Arnold Special, 42-6235, 42-6231: Never Waited, 42-65208: Andy's Dandy"

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

September, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

October, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

Enrolled in AFROTC, Wayne State Univ. 1946, Detroit Michigan

Commisioned 2nd Lt. June 1950; Active Reserve 1950 to 1980 after 30 yrs. retired as a full Colonel in 2006;

Returned to Temporary Active Duty during the Cuban Crisis

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Paul earned his Doctorate in Education, from Wayne State University in 1964

Teacher and High School Counselor, 5 years Detroit PS

Administrator Detroit Public School, ten years

Community College Dean, Ann Arbor Michigan, 7 years

School Superintendent, Western Wayne County, Michigan

Retired in 1979

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

My service in the Army Air Corps and the 58th Bomb Wing was truly a growing up experience for an 18-21 year old. Along with hundreds of other young men, we coaxed the B-29 into combat readiness in the CBI and later in the Marians Islands. This required patience and daring. I will always be proud of my part in the history make by the B-29 in bringing the war with Japan to an end.


I remained active in the China/Burma/India Veterans Organization from almost from its inception to the concluding National Meeting in Washington, DC, September 2005. I still remain in contact with a remnant of the Queen City Basha, Cincinnati Ohio to this date.

Note: My dad served in the Navy in as a M/M on flying status; My great grandfather, Robert West, served in the Civil War, 100th Indiana Infantry.


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