New England Air Museum
Robert Tunstall Harris


Recent Address:

Mobile, AL



Family Information:




Date Entered Service:

January, 1943

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Salina, KS

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:





Distinguished Flying Cross,
4 Air Medals,
Presidential Unit Citation,
Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, with 5 Battle Stars,
Western Pacific Campaign,
China-Burma-India Ribbon,
Flight Engineer wings from Republic of China Air Force

Service Schools Attended:


Military Specialty(ies):


Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:


Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

October, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Worked for L &N Railroad and International Paper Company, where he worked as transportation supervisor, rail and truck until his retirement in 1984.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

The most memorable events include on May 23, 1945, while on a bombing mission to Tokyo, the 58th was able to burn out twenty square miles of Tokyo, but it was costly. More B-29's were lost on that mission than on any other during the war. In addition, a forced landing on Iwo Jima because of an engine malfunction is a memory not soon forgotten.


Mr. Harris passed away February 15, 2001 and is buried at Pine Crest Cemetery, Mobile, AL


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