Harry Meredith Changnon

Harry Changnon, Chakulia, 1944
Harry Changnon, Chakulia, 1944
Recent Address: 10455 Westacres Drive, Cupertino, CA 95014
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Family Info: Parents: Harry and Edith; Wife: Dorothe; Children: Marie, Thomas; Siblings: Elda, Betty
Hometown: Idaho Falls, ID
Date Entered Service: April 10, 1942
Service Number: 0748360
Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron:
Squadron: 45th
Location of Unit: Pratt, KS (October, 1943)
Missions Flown: 33
Hump Missions: 3 (in B-29s and C-109s)
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Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation with 2 Clusters
Service Schools: Primary Pilot School-Ft. Stockton, TX Oct-Dec 1942; Pilot Basic Training School-Pecos, TX Jan-Mar 1943; Advanced Pilot School-Roswell, NM Apr-Jun 1943
MOS: MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB, MOS 9301-Intelligence Staff Officer
Rank Upon Discharge: Captain
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6222 Deuces Wild, 42-6254 Hump Happy Pappy, 42-6275 Snafuper Bomber, 42-6308 Feather Merchant, 42-24579 Eddie Allen, 42-6295 Monsoon Minnie, 42-24466 The Able Fox, 42-24738 Honeywell Honey, 42-6276 Black Magic, 42-6313 Ding How, 42-6281 Heavenly Body, 42-24620 Sleepy Time Gal, 42-93859 Shag'n Home, 42-24740 Harry Miller, 44-70085 Patches
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Date Transferred from the 58th: October 12, 1946
Date Discharged: December 12, 1946
Post WWII Service: I returned to USA on Sunset Project flying Shag'n Home back. The 40th was stationed at March Field, Riverside, CA from November 1945, until May 5, 1946, when we transferred to Davis-Monthan AB at Tucson, AZ until deactivated in October 1946. I then became a civilian again and moved to Idaho. I stayed in the Air Force Reserve until Sept. 28, 1957.
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): My wife, Jane, and I operated Changnon's Lodge in Swan Valley, Idaho (near Yellowstone Park and Jackson Hole) from 1947 until 1962. I worked as an engineer building missile sites around Tucson, AZ and had a small building construction company in Idaho and Wyoming. We sold our resort/tourist business in 1963 and moved to Cupertino, CA so that I could commute to Stanford University from 1963 until I retired in 1985. I have been the Historian for the 40th Bomb Group for over 20 years and on 20th AF Assn. Board of Directors since 1988. I was Construction Contract Administrator for Stanford for 25 years.
Thoughts About the 58th: I think it was wonderful and I have written six (6) unpublished books about the B-29s and our combat flying in WWII. I have also written, furnished pictures and memorabilia for several videos on the B-29s, including half a dozen still being shown on TV.
Comments: Mr. Changnon passed away April 10, 2005 and is buried at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Los Altos, CA.

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