P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "H"
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
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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