Joseph R. Hampton

Recent Address: 2775 Senate Court, Anderson Township, OH 45244-2724
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Family Info: Wife: Edna; Daughters: Jolene and Joan; Stepchildren: Eugene and Patsy
Hometown: Chautauqua, KS
Date Entered Service:
Service Number: 18049859
Bomb Group: 444th
Squadron: 677th
Location of Unit:
Missions Flown: I think most of the missions he flew on were over the Hump.
Hump Missions:
Targets: Bangkok, Yawata, Anshan, Okayama, Omura, Rangoon, Singapore, Hankow, Keelung, Kagi, Shinchiku, Saigon, Kuala Lumpur
Awards: Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Service Medal
Service Schools:
Rank Upon Discharge: Master Sergeant
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: Only nickname Duke would allow was “This is it!” 44-61646
Where You a POW?:
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Date Transferred from the 58th:
Date Discharged: September, 1945
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Boeing Aircraft Company, Wichita, Kansas; Realtor
Thoughts About the 58th: When Dad gave me a copy of the “The Pictorial History of the 444th Bombardment Group,” he wrote on the flyleaf that: “This was the first time a B-29 was service tested in combat under the most trying flying conditions in the world (the Hump) had never been done before or since.” Dad was quite proud of his service and felt the men he flew with were the brothers he'd never had. His photograph can be found in the aforementioned book. He is kneeling in the far left front row in front of “Duke.”
Daddy was a Flight Engineer mostly on F. Cable “Duke” Steinemann's crew, but also flew Engineer many times with Col. Alva Harvey in B-26, B-17 and B-29s.
Mr. Hampton passed away February 8, 2001 and is buried at Old Mission Cemetery, Wichita, KS.

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