Harold H. Heinbaugh

Recent Address: 1025 Rockledge Dr., Unit A-203, Rockledge, FL 32955
E-mail Address: hheinbaugh@cfl.rr.com
Family Info: Parents: Roy and E.
Hometown: Millersburg, PA
Date Entered Service:
Service Number: O-687591
Bomb Group: 444th
Squadron:
Squadron: 676th
Location of Unit: Kansas - 1943
Missions Flown: First crew to encounter fighters in Burma-China Theater flying fuel to China on April 26th 1944
Hump Missions:
Targets: Imperial Iron and Steel Works at Yawata - 20 August 1944
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Service Schools:
MOS: MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB
Rank Upon Discharge: 1st Lieutenant
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6330 Fickle Finger of Fate
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Comments: From the 444th Group web site: “All but one of the Hansen crew were lost on August 20, 1944, when their aircraft 'Fickle Finger' (42-6330 flew into a cliff near the Kwanghan base in China, returning from the Yawata mission. The last communication between the crew and the control tower did not indicate a problem, but for some reason the plane veered away from its flight path and was observed to crash and burst into flames. The lone survivor of the accident was radar operator Virgil Belford, who later lived in Great Bend, Kansas.”

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