Henry J. (Hap) Horner

Henry Horner - 1943
Henry Horner - 1943
Recent Address: 19 Kingston Road, Collinsville, IL 62234-4804
E-mail Address: hapleah@intertek.net
Family Info: Parents: Norman and Sarah; Wife: Leah; Children: Mary, Marcia, LuAnne, Megan, Amy, Tracey
Hometown: Bainbridge, PA
Date Entered Service: February 12, 1943
Service Number: 33500693
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 768th
Squadron:
Location of Unit: Walker AAFB, Kansas - Oct 1943
Missions Flown: 13
Hump Missions: 14
Targets: Yawata, Palembang, Anshan, Manchuria, Okayama, Formosa, Rangoon, Bangkok, Singapore, Malay Peninsula, Omura, Mukden, Saigon, (several targets hit more than once.)
Awards: AAF Air Crew member Badge (Wings), AAF Tech Badge with Armorer Bar, Pistol Marksman, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with 1 Bronze Cluster and 1 Silver Star, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with 1 Bronze Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Unit Badge, Chinese Service Medal, Air Offensive Japan, China Campaign, Central Burma Campaign, India-Burma Campaign, Western Pacific Campaign, Palembang, Sumatra Air Offensive
Service Schools: Aircraft Armament, Buckley Field Mar-Apr 1943; Central Fire Control, Lowry Field May-Sep 1943
MOS: MOS 580-Remote Control Turret Gunner (CFC)
Rank Upon Discharge: Staff Sergeant
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-93825 (unnamed), 42-6346 Man-O-War
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Date Transferred from the 58th: February, 1945
Date Discharged: October 28, 1945
Post WWII Service: AAF Inactive Reserve 1945-48
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Attended college under GI Bill. Obtained BS in Chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA in 1949; obtained MS in Analytical Chemistry from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas in 1951. Worked for Dow Corning Corp., Midland, MI and Greensboro, NC from 1951-63. Worked for Monsanto Co. from 1963 until I retired in 1985. I was a Laboratory Manager at retirement.
Thoughts About the 58th: Although the years spent with the 58th Bomb Wing represent a relatively small percentage of my life span, they definitely remain the most significant and memorable. I was assigned to one of the first flight crews and most of us remained together until the end of the war. We functioned as a unit and bonds were established that continue to exist today. I believe all members of the 58th are proud of that heritage.
Comments:
I was assigned to Major Mackall's crew at Walker AAF Base in Oct. 1943. In April of 1944 we flew #293825 to Piardoba, India. Our advance base was Kiunglai, China. On our first hump trip the brakes failed and we crashed #293825. There were no serious injuries, but the plant was totaled. We were later assigned as co-crew on #346. Missions and hump trips were flown in a number of different aircraft.
In January 1945, Major Mackall was promoted to Group Operations Officer and Captain Steen became our Pilot. In February 1945, our crew was transferred to Guam and assigned to the 21st Bomber Command. Our assignment was to establish a training program for crews coming to the Marianas from the States. In April 1945, we were returned to the States and assigned to Muroc AAF Base (now Edwards AFB) to serve as instructors for crews preparing to go to the Pacific. I remained at Muroc until discharged at Wright-Patterson AAFB, October 28, 1945.
Since 2001 I have been serving as Chairman of the 58th Bomb Wing Association.
An oral memoir of Henry Horner can be found at the Illinois Digital Archives.

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