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Harry E. Olsen
 
Lt. Harry E. Olsen, 1943
Lt. Harry E. Olsen, 1943
 
 
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Family Information:   Wife: Miriam; Children: Harry C., Christine Latter
 
Hometown:   Martinez, CA
 
Date Entered Service:   February 9, 1942
 
Service Number:   AF19849473
 
Bomb Group:   468th Bomb Group
 
Squadron:   795th Bomb Squadron
 
Location of Unit:   Salina, Kansas; November 12, 1943
 
Missions Flown:   35
 
Hump Missions Flown:   15
 
Targets:   Bangkok, Nagasaki, Yawata, Nanking, Manchuria, Omura, Singapore, Shanghai, Rangoon, Hankow, Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Cam Rahn Bay
 
Awards/Decorations:   Presidential Unit Citation, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star, Distinguished Unit Badge, Sharp Shooter Badge
 
Service Schools Attended:   Pine Bluff - Aviation Nov 1942-Mar 1943; Blackland Army - Flying Mar 1943-May 1943; Tarrant Field - B-24 May 1943-Nov 1943
 
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   Major
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-6284 Challenger (Co-pilot),42-24893 Li'l Organ Annie (Pilot), 42-65275 Hi Stepper
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:   1945
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   August 22, 1978
 
Post-WWII Military Service:    
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Accountant
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Harry and crew were in India from April 29, 1944 to May 6, 1945. They were stationed on Tinian from May 7, 1945 until August, 1945. Harry an I enjoyed all of the reunions that we attended. We enjoyed meeting buddies and their families, a great Air Force group. Harry always enjoyed flying and bought a Cessna 172 after the war, attended some of the reunions in the plane. He was proud of his part in winning World War II and congratulates all of his crew and all of the military. -- Miriam Olsen
 
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Yates Smith, Harry Olsen, Winston Fisher, 1984 Reunion, Seattle, WA
Yates Smith, Harry Olsen, Winston Fisher, 1984 Reunion, Seattle, WA

 

Maj. Harry Olsen and wife Miriam, San Antonio Reunion, 1996
Maj. Harry Olsen and wife Miriam, San Antonio Reunion, 1996

 


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