New England Air Museum
Charles W. (Wilse) Hebblethwaite Sr


Recent Address:

64 South St., Belmont, NY 14813



Family Information:

Parents: Charles and Louise; Siblings: Robert, Arthur, Thelma, Genieve; Wife: Eleanor; Children: Susan, Linda, Ellen, Nancy, Charles


Stanley, NY

Date Entered Service:

February 8, 1940

Service Number:


Bomb Group:

40th and 462nd


395th and 768th

Location of Unit:

Hayes, KS - 1943

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:

9 or 10 trips


Singapore (2), Anshan (2), Okayama, Mukden, Shanghai, Bangkok, Hankow, Cam Rahn Bay, Saigon, Rangoon


Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross

Service Schools Attended:

Airplane & Engine Mech., France Fld, Canal Zone 1941 or 1942

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 006-Airplane Engine Mechanic, MOS 737-Flight Engineer VHB

Rank Upon Discharge:

Technical Sergeant

Crew Type:

Flight crew and Ground Crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6266 Tarfu, 42-63393 Rush Order, 42-63560 (unnamed), 42-63540 (unnamed), 42-24838 (unnamed), 42-24456 The Shrike, 42-6346 Man-O-War

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

February 26, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

June 10, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Graduated from Cornell University in February, 1949 -- 3 1/2 years. Was granted 16 hours credit for activities in military service. Served as Extension Agent for 25 years. Then 4 years with USDA "farm credit." Turned down a chance to teach at the college level -- foolishly.

He was active in Cornell Alumni's affairs and was a recruiter for the university. Charles also raised beef cattle, was an organizer of the Pike Feeder Calf Sale and was active in early chicken barbecues. He was a member of the 4-H, National Grange, Dairymen's League, Beef Cattlemen's Association, Belmont Rotary, County Agents Association, the NRA and a past member of the Belmont American Legion. Charles and his wife, Eleanor, enjoyed square dancing and winters in Florida with friends first camping and then with an RV group.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I turned down schooling as a bombardier while at France Field, Canal Zone. If I had not done this, my life would have changed, who knows? I expected to be discharged after a two-year foreign trip -- came out 5 years plus. Four years, 2 months plus overseas.

Charles passed away January 19, 2010. He is buried at Forest Hills Cemetery, Belmont, NY


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