P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "H"
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Walter J. Hard I climbed a P-47 close to 45,000 feet, hanging on prop could see definite curvature to earth. When I stalled - I didn't try immediate recovery. I was soon diving past the perpendicular - A.S.I. over the red line and controls frozen. Suddenly my windshield iced over completely and snowflakes came down inside the cockpit.
James W. Harding After graduation from Victoria I was assigned to the Eastern Procurement Command and sent to Republic Aviation in Amityville, L.I. as a test pilot for the Air Corps. Here I put in some 1000 hours in the beloved Jug. With the exception of a few minor hair raising incidents everything made the landing pattern.
William W. Hargus After my training, I was shipped out from Camp Miles Standish through Boston and arrived in the British Isles about the first of 1944. I went through Atcham pre-combat training and was in the 353rd Fighter Group in the 350th Fighter Squadron. I flew 85 missions and put in about 300 hours in combat. I made the invasion of June 6, 1944, was shot up, bellied in two times and shot numerous trains, trucks, dive bombs, and bridges, and strafed many targets of opportunity.
Burton P. Harrison, Jr. After 11 months and 900 hours in AT-6's, P-39's and B-17's. From there he went to England for assignment in the ETO. October 1944 at the 9th A.F., 134th Pool, Paris, France he was assigned to 53rd Squadron, 36th Fighter Group reporting in November at Louvain, Belgium. On his 15th mission during the "Bulge" he was shot down by 200mm flak strafing tank and trucks near St. Vith.
Stuart E. Hayes The closest he ever came to enemy aircraft in the air was a near-miss from an ME 109 shot down seconds before by Len Martin. He claims 31/2 enemy AC destroyed (on the ground), and admits to 1 P-47 destroyed, another severely injured, and the under carriage of a PT-23.
Harrison H.D. Heiberg, Jr. Subsequent tours took him to Hq USAF and to the new Air Force Academy, where he was the first officer to join the Commandant's staff. He had a major role in selection of the falcon as the Academy mascot and became an avid falconer as a result. A remote tour as Base Operations Officer at Osan Air Base, Korea, followed in 1957. Heiberg went into MATS at Donaldson AFB, South Carolina, in 1958, flew C-124's on the Congo Airlift, and returned to the Pentagon in Air Force Legislative Liaison in 1961
Charles F. Heil He returned to the states in April 1945 after having flown 238 combat missions, a record in the 10th Air Force. He served as an IP in P-47's at Seymour Johnson AAB until separated from the service in Oct. 1945.
Robert G. Heiserman Transferred to Mediterreanean Theatre assigned to 52nd Fighter Group, 5th Fighter Squadron serving as Squadron Operations Officer. Flying a total of 14 combat missions in P-51 Fighters, mostly in escort of B-24 and B-25 bombers to Austria, Germany, Yugoslavia and Brenner Pass. As the war drew to a close he was also assigned strafing missions to Northern Italy destroying railroad and highway traffic.
Harold Joseph Hepford .....born July 1,1924 near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Graduated from Susquehanna Township High School 1942 and enlisted as Aviation Cadet on December 9, 1942 while attending Dickinson College. Called to active duty in May, 1943, and attended Elon College, North Carolina as aviation student September, 1943...........
Arno H. (Pop) Heying In 1949 a transfer to the Berlin Air Lift school at Great Falls, Montana, found Pop in M.A.T.S. flying C-47's, C-54's and C-97's. A 2 year tour in the Azores with Dottie and the three children was included. December of 1955 found Pop graduating from the Helicopter school having qualified in both H-13's and H-19's. The rescue business took the rest of Pop's military career, with a solo tour in Iceland thrown in.
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