Milton W. Heyne

Milt Heyne (center) with Charles Rust (lt.) and T.C. Chou (rt.) in China
Milt Heyne (center) with Charles Rust (lt.) and T.C. Chou (rt.) in China
Recent Address: San Pedro, CA
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Family Info: Wife: Lorraine; Children: Catherine, James, Linda, Rebecca, and John
Hometown: Hinsdale, IL
Date Entered Service: 1942
Service Number: 16145492
Bomb Group: 355th Engineering Sq., 87th Service Group
Location of Unit: Dudkundi, India 1943
Missions Flown: Mission to retrieve classified radar equipment from B-29 crash site in occupied China
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Service Schools: Illinois Tech. (Lewis Institute), Chicago, IL 1942; American Television, Chicago, IL 1943; Signal Corps. Camp Murphy, FL (Radar) 1943
MOS: Radar repairman, technician
Rank Upon Discharge: Staff Sergeant
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Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-24510 Old Rover
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Date Discharged: 1945
Post WWII Service: None as military. We came back as a unit to form the cadre of Strategic Air Command with General LeMay as Commanding Officer.
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): GI Bill (Valpo & Purdue). Rejoined 58th Wing personnel as Contract Electrical Engineer 8th Air Force Hq., Carswell AFB, Ft. Worth, Texas and SAC Hz. Offutt AFB, Omaha, Nebraska.
Thoughts About the 58th: It launched me into an engineering career associated partly with radar bombing equipment until I retired from Hughes Aircraft in 1992.
As radar technician with the 58th Bomb Wing's 355th Engineering Squadron, I was airlifted with a team into a rural area of Sichuan province to find a downed B-29 bomber. We found the plane, removed the black box and other classified equipment and destroyed the aircraft. We took the equipment out and then we poured fuel from the wing tanks over the airplane. The Chinese had covered it with palm fronds so it was camouflaged.
While I was there, I spoke to a Chinese middle school, where an officer with children in the school gave me a gift. Wrapping paper covered toothpaste, towels. chopsticks and other items. I kept the wrapping paper because I didn't know where I was, and I noticed it had my address on it.
I still hope to revisit the crash site in China some day.
Mr. Heyne passed away August 3, 2010.

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