New England Air Museum
Edward C. Homburger

 

Edward Homburger - September 1943

 

Recent Address:

71 Wyoming Drive, Huntington Station, NY 11746

Email:

 

Family Information:

Parents: Edward and Myrtle

Hometown:

Brooklyn, NY

Date Entered Service:

October 15, 1942

Service Number:

O-863093

Bomb Group:

468th

Squadron:

793rd

Location of Unit:

Kharagpur, India - July 1 1944

Missions Flown:

28 combat and 5 photo recon

Hump Missions Flown:

12 round trips

Targets:

Bangkok, Chiba, Formosa, I-Chang, Kiushu, Kobe, Kuala Lumpur, Kure, Luliang, Nagasaki, Nanking, Mukden, Omura, Omuta, Osaka, Okayama, Rangoon, Sendai, Shanghai, Singapore, Saigon, Takamatsu, Tokyo, Toyohashi, Yawata

Awards/Decorations:

Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 6 Battle Stars, Distinguished Unit Badge, ATO Ribbon, WWII Victory Ribbon, Overseas Service Bars (2)

Service Schools Attended:

 

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 4823-Aircraft Engineering Officer, MOS 1028-Aircraft Observer, Flight Engineer (VHB)

Rank Upon Discharge:

1st Lieutenant

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-24442 Wichita Witch, 42-63415 Jolly Roger, 42-24525 Mary K, 42-24487 Bengal Lancer

Were you a POW? No
Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

 

Post-WWII Military Service:

Appointed to Reserve Status 12/14/45. Called to active duty 3/15/51. On 4/3/51 my recall to active duty was cancelled at the request of the area Naval Inspector of Ordinance because of my work on ship-board installations and at-sea verifications of the new MK-102 Fire Control Systems for submarines.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Returned to Cooper Union Institute and obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering in June, 1950. Became employed at ARMA Corp., Brooklyn, NY. Worked on design portions then final factory tests. Supervised ship-board installations of the MK-101 and MK-102 Fire Control Systems with at-sea tests. Later, at ARMA, I worked a couple of years on the B-52 Tail Gun System until AF acceptance. After that, I worked nine years on the Lunar Module at Grumman.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

To this day, I have satisfaction in the fact that I had a direct involvement in taking the war back to the homeland of the enemy. And, in itself, flying in the B-29 all around the world was an exhilarating experience.

Comments:

I deeply thank all of you people who are, and have been, working on this wonderful memorial project. Sincerely, Edward C. Homburger.

 


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