Paul R. Hunt

S/Sgt. Hunt- March 1944
S/Sgt. Hunt- March 1944
Recent Address: 6900 Hopeful Road, #121, Florence, KY 41042
E-mail Address: bhiatt@twc.com
Family Info: Rudolph Hunt- father; Ethel (McChesney) Hunt- mother; Parents married shortly after WWI
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Date Entered Service: November 11, 1942
Service Number: 16150201
Bomb Group: 468th
Squadron: 794th/795th
Squadron:
Location of Unit: Smoky Hill, Kansas - Jan-Mar 1944
Missions Flown: 8
Hump Missions: 17: Salua, India to Chengtu, China
Targets: Yawata, Japan; Ahshan Manchuria (2); Formosa (2); Palambang, Bankok and Photo Recons
Awards: Presidential Unit Citation; Air Medal w/ Gold Leaf; Asiatic Theater w/ Silver Star; Phillipine Liberation Ribbon; China War Medal (Chinese Government); Good Conduct Medal; Gunners Badge
Service Schools: Aero Mechanics- Gulfport Miss. 1943 (6 mos.); Boeing Factory School, Lowry Gunnery School 1943 (6 mos.); Combat Training, Smoky Hill, KS 1944 (4 mos.)
MOS: Aircraft Mechanic, B-29 Combat Crew, Gunner/ Mechanic
Rank Upon Discharge: Private First Class (Staff Sergeant was highest rank)
Crew Type: Flight and ground crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6242: Esso Express, 42-6365: General Arnold Special, 42-6235, 42-6231: Never Waited, 42-65208: Andy's Dandy
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Date Transferred from the 58th: September, 1945
Date Discharged: October, 1945
Post WWII Service:
Enrolled in AFROTC, Wayne State Univ. 1946, Detroit Michigan
Commisioned 2nd Lt. June 1950; Active Reserve 1950 to 1980 after 30 yrs. retired as a full Colonel in 2006; Returned to Temporary Active Duty during the Cuban Crisis
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Paul earned his Doctorate in Education, from Wayne State University in 1964. Teacher and High School Counselor, 5 years Detroit PS. Administrator Detroit Public School, ten years. Community College Dean, Ann Arbor Michigan, 7 years. School Superintendent, Western Wayne County, Michigan. Retired in 1979.
Thoughts About the 58th: My service in the Army Air Corps and the 58th Bomb Wing was truly a growing up experience for an 18-21 year old. Along with hundreds of other young men, we coaxed the B-29 into combat readiness in the CBI and later in the Marians Islands. This required patience and daring. I will always be proud of my part in the history make by the B-29 in bringing the war with Japan to an end.
Comments:
Remained active in the China/Burma/India Veterans Organization from almost from its inception to the concluding National Meeting in Washington, DC, September 2005. Remained in contact with a remnant of the Queen City Basha, Cincinnati Ohio.
Note: My dad served in the Navy in as a M/M on flying status; My great grandfather, Robert West, served in the Civil War, 100th Indiana Infantry.
Col. Hunt died September 1, 2017.
Col. Paul R. Hunt
Col. Paul R. Hunt

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