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Harry Meredith Changnon

 

Harry Changnon, Chakulia, 1944

 

Recent Address:

10455 Westacres Drive, Cupertino, CA 95014

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Family Information:

Parents: Harry and Edith; Wife: Dorothe; Children: Marie, Thomas; Siblings: Elda, Betty

Hometown:

Idaho Falls, ID

Date Entered Service:

April 10, 1942

Service Number:

0748360

Bomb Group:

40th

Squadron:

45th

Location of Unit:

Pratt, KS (October, 1943)

Missions Flown:

33

Hump Missions Flown:

33 (in B-29s and C-109s)

Targets:

 

Awards/Decorations:

Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation with 2 Clusters

Service Schools Attended:

Primary Pilot School-Ft. Stockton, TX Oct-Dec 1942; Pilot Basic Training School-Pecos, TX Jan-Mar 1943; Advanced Pilot School-Roswell, NM Apr-Jun 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB, MOS 9301-Intelligence Staff Officer

Rank Upon Discharge:

Captain

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6222 Deuces Wild, 42-6254 Hump Happy Pappy, 42-6275 Snafuper Bomber, 42-6308 Feather Merchant, 42-24579 Eddie Allen, 42-6295 Monsoon Minnie, 42-24466 The Able Fox, 42-24738 Honeywell Honey, 42-6276 Black Magic, 42-6313 Ding How, 42-6281 Heavenly Body, 42-24620 Sleepy Time Gal, 42-93859 Shag'n Home, 42-24740 Harry Miller, 44-70085 Patches

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

October 12, 1946

Date Discharged from the 58th:

December 12, 1946

Post-WWII Military Service:

I returned to USA on Sunset Project flying Shag'n Home back. The 40th was stationed at March Field, Riverside, CA from November 1945, until May 5, 1946, when we transferred to Davis-Monthan AB at Tucson, AZ until deactivated in October 1946. I then became a civilian again and moved to Idaho. I stayed in the Air Force Reserve until Sept. 28, 1957.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

My wife, Jane, and I operated Changnon's Lodge in Swan Valley, Idaho (near Yellowstone Park and Jackson Hole) from 1947 until 1962. I worked as an engineer building missile sites around Tucson, AZ and had a small building construction company in Idaho and Wyoming. We sold our resort/tourist business in 1963 and moved to Cupertino, CA so that I could commute to Stanford University from 1963 until I retired in 1985. I have been the Historian for the 40th Bomb Group for over 20 years and on 20th AF Assn. Board of Directors since 1988. I was Construction Contract Administrator for Stanford for 25 years.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I think it was wonderful and I have written six (6) unpublished books about the B-29s and our combat flying in WWII. I have also written, furnished pictures and memorabilia for several videos on the B-29s, including half a dozen still being shown on TV.

Comments:

Mr. Changnon passed away April 10th 2005

 

Harry Changnon, China, 1945

 

Harry Changnon, 2002

 


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