New England Air Museum
Joseph R. Hampton

 

Recent Address:

2775 Senate Court, Anderson Township, OH 45244-2724

Email:

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Family Information:

Wife: Edna; Daughters: Jolene and Joan; Stepchildren: Eugene and Patsy.

Hometown:

Chautauqua, KS

Date Entered Service:

 

Service Number:

18049859

Bomb Group:

444th

Squadron:

677th

Location of Unit:

 

Missions Flown:

I think most of the missions he flew on were over the Hump.

Hump Missions Flown:

 

Targets:

Bangkok, Yawata, Anshan, Okayama, Omura, Rangoon, Singapore, Hankow, Keelung, Kagi, Shinchiku, Saigon, Kuala Lumpur

Awards/Decorations:

Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Service Medal

Service Schools Attended:

 

Military Specialty(ies):

 

Rank Upon Discharge:

Master Sergeant

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

Only nickname Duke would allow was "This is it!" 44-61646

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

September, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Boeing Aircraft Company, Wichita, Kansas; Realtor

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

When Daddy gave me a copy of the "The Pictorial History of the 444th Bombardment Group," he wrote on the flyleaf that: "This was the first time a B-29 was service tested in combat under the most trying flying conditions in the world (the Hump) had never been done before or since". Dad was quite proud of his service and felt the men he flew with were the brothers he'd never had. His photograph can be found in the aforementioned book. He is kneeling in the far left front row in front of "Duke."

Comments:

Daddy was a Flight Engineer mostly on F. Cable "Duke" Steinemann's crew, but also flew Engineer many times with Col. Alva Harvey in B-26, B-17 and B-29s.

Mr. Hampton passed away February 8, 2001 and is buried at Old Mission Cemetery, Wichita, KS.

 


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