Paul William Hunter

Paul Hunter 1942
Paul Hunter 1942
Recent Address: 1684 19000 Road, Parsons, KS 67357
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Family Info: Parents: William and Hope; Wife: Helen; Children: Kay Carol, William, Robert, Barry
Hometown: Labette City, KS
Date Entered Service: August 19, 1942
Service Number: 37215624 and O-862829
Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron: 45th
Squadron:
Location of Unit: Pratt AFB - 12/21/43
Missions Flown: 35
Hump Missions: 19
Targets: Anshan, Omura, Mukden, Singapore, Bangkok, Rangoon, Kure, Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kasumi, Himeji, Okayama, Chiba, Sendai, Utsonomiya, Namazu
Awards: Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 5 Bronze Stars, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Unit Citation, Chinese Air Force Flight Engineer's Wings
Service Schools: Aircraft Engineering-Yale Univ, New Haven, CT Apr-Jun 1943; Boeing B-29-Seattle, WA Jun-Aug 1943; Flight Engineers School-Salina, KS / Denver, CO Sep-Dec 1943
MOS: MOS 1028-Aircraft Observer, Flight Engineer (VHB)
Rank Upon Discharge: Captain
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6326 (unnamed), 42-65274 Bad Penny, 42-24740 Harry Miller, 44-69668 The Outlaw, 42-24738 Honeywell Honey, 42-24718 Black Magic II, 44-61554 (unnamed), 42-24915 Miss Donna Lee, 42-24795 (unnamed), 42-24739 (unnamed)
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Date Transferred from the 58th: July 27, 1945
Date Discharged: January 4, 1946
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Farmer. Mr. Hunter bred registered Jersey cattle until 1972. Mr. Hunter was active in farm organizations and had served on the Labette County Extension Council, the Labette County Farm Bureau Board and the Federal Land Bank Board and served 45 years on the Labette County Soil Conservation District Board. He served many years as a community leader and project leader of the Thrifty Rivers 4-H Club.
Thoughts About the 58th: I am proud to have served in the 58th Bomb Wing, 40th Bomb Group, 45th Bomb Squadron and of our combat record. We destroyed most of Japan's capability to produce war material. Men of the 58th were truly “The Greatest Generation.”
Comments:
The 92-page book The War Years: Experiences of a B-29 Flight Engineer in World War II by Paul W. Hunter is available in the 58th Bomb Wing Memorial Office. Mr. Hunter served as the President of the 40th Bomb Group Association from 2004 until 2008.
Mr. Hunter passed away June 5, 2010 at Parsons, KS. He is buried at Springhill Cemetery in Parsons, KS.

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