Charles W. (Wilse) Hebblethwaite Sr

Recent Address: 64 South St., Belmont, NY 14813
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Family Info: Parents: Charles and Louise; Siblings: Robert, Arthur, Thelma, Genieve; Wife: Eleanor; Children: Susan, Linda, Ellen, Nancy, Charles
Hometown: Stanley, NY
Date Entered Service: February 8, 1940
Service Number: 6983658
Bomb Group: 40th and 462nd
Squadron: 395th and 768th
Location of Unit: Hayes, KS - 1943
Missions Flown:
Hump Missions: 9 or 10 trips
Targets: Singapore (2), Anshan (2), Okayama, Mukden, Shanghai, Bangkok, Hankow, Cam Rahn Bay, Saigon, Rangoon
Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross
Service Schools: Airplane & Engine Mech., France Fld, Canal Zone 1941 or 1942
MOS: MOS 006-Airplane Engine Mechanic, MOS 737-Flight Engineer VHB
Rank Upon Discharge: Technical Sergeant
Crew Type: Flight and Ground crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6266 Tarfu, 42-63393 Rush Order, 42-63560 (unnamed), 42-63540 (unnamed), 42-24838 (unnamed), 42-24456 The Shrike, 42-6346 Man-O-War
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Date Transferred from the 58th: February 26, 1945
Date Discharged: June 10, 1945
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Graduated from Cornell University in February, 1949, 3 1/2 years. Was granted 16 hours credit for activities in military service. Served as Extension Agent for 25 years. Then four years with USDA farm credit. Turned down a chance to teach at the college level -- foolishly.
He was active in Cornell Alumni's affairs and was a recruiter for the university. Charles also raised beef cattle, was an organizer of the Pike Feeder Calf Sale and was active in early chicken barbecues. He was a member of the 4-H, National Grange, Dairymen's League, Beef Cattlemen's Association, Belmont Rotary, County Agents Association, the NRA and a past member of the Belmont American Legion. Charles and his wife, Eleanor, enjoyed square dancing and winters in Florida with friends first camping and then with an RV group.
Thoughts About the 58th: I turned down schooling as a bombardier while at France Field, Canal Zone. If I had not done this, my life would have changed, who knows? I expected to be discharged after a two-year foreign trip -- came out 5 years plus. Four years, 2 months plus overseas.
Comments: Charles passed away January 19, 2010. He is buried at Forest Hills Cemetery, Belmont, NY.

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