Azel S. Hall, Jr.

Azel Hall, 1943
Azel Hall, 1943
Recent Address: 33 School St., Randolph, VT 05060
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Family Info: Wife: Myrtle; Children: Sharon, Kim, Kevin
Hometown: Randolph, Vt
Date Entered Service: December 29, 1942
Service Number: 31253067
Bomb Group: 444th
Squadron:
Squadron: 677th
Location of Unit: Great Bend, KS - October 1943
Missions Flown:
Hump Missions: 25 round trips recorded
Targets: Bangkok, Singapore (3), Palembang, Yawata, Mukden, Tokyo
Awards: Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Service Schools: Gunnery School and Central Fire Control Mar 1943
MOS: Top Gunner and CFC Specialist, Engineer C-109
Rank Upon Discharge: Staff Sergeant
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-65273 Big! Ain't It, 44-70002 Sky Chief
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Date Transferred from the 58th:
Date Discharged: June, 1945
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): New England Telephone & Telegraph Co. , 1941-1949. Self-employed Auto Mechanic, Apr 1949-1986
Thoughts About the 58th: I was very proud to be a small part. I was part of some combat missions, then because of difficulty in having necessary gasoline available, our crew was on detached service for 4 months ferrying gas to China over the Hump in C-109s, converted B-24s. Then we returned to Dudkundi and soon transferred to Tinian Island for combat missions again.
Comments: My flying in combat stopped in May 1945. On a mission over Tokyo our crew was not scheduled to fly but I had to fly as a substitute top gunner on another crew. The pilot, Lt. Mather, was on his first trip as 1st Pilot. Thirty minutes after takeoff in a brand new plane we lost an engine. We returned to base on Tinian, dropped the bomb load in the ocean and attempted to land at 11:30 p.m. He undershot the runway and ended up in the coral rocks at the entrance to the runway. Six men died in the front (massive fire). Five of us jumped 20 feet to the ground from the top escape hatch in the rear of the plane. That plane (002) had a short tour of duty -- about two hours total.
Crew #14 - Great Bend, KS
Crew #14 - Great Bend, KS
Azel Hall, 2000
Azel Hall, 2000

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