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Robert Hunt Ector


Robert Ector, WWII


Recent Address:

1417 Mier Street, Laredo, TX 78040-8743



Family Information:

Daughter: Sharon Trigo


Texarkana, Texas

Date Entered Service:

April 8, 1942

Service Number:

O741145, 18083146

Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Salina, KS

Missions Flown:

35 combat missions - 600 combat hours (B-29) from March 1944 to July 1945.

Hump Missions Flown:





Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters,
Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 6 Bronze Service Stars,Distinguished Unit Citation, Air Offensive Japan, Western Pacific Campaign, Air Combat - Palembang, Sumatra, India-Burma Campaign, Central Burma Campaign, China Campaign

Service Schools Attended:

Pre Flight - Santa Ana AFB, CA 1942; Bombardier Training - Roswell AFB, NM 1943; Navigator School - AAFAS San Marcos, TX 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1036-Navigator-Bombardier

Rank Upon Discharge:

WWII-1st. Lt. / Reserves-Maj.

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6284 The Challenger,42-24892 Li'l Yutz

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

December 23, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

During Korean War was recalled as a reservist as Navigator in the 305th Air Refueling Squadron, and retired as a reservist with the rank of Major.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Manager of Woodward Farm Implements Co.


Mr. Ector passed away March 28, 1998 and is buried at Hillcrest Cemetery, Texarkana, TX


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