New England Air Museum
Robert Tunstall Harris

 

Recent Address:

Mobile, AL

Email:

 

Family Information:

 

Hometown:

 

Date Entered Service:

January, 1943

Service Number:

 

Bomb Group:

444th

Squadron:

 

Location of Unit:

Salina, KS

Missions Flown:

 

Hump Missions Flown:

22

Targets:

 

Awards/Decorations:

Distinguished Flying Cross,
4 Air Medals,
Presidential Unit Citation,
Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, with 5 Battle Stars,
Western Pacific Campaign,
China-Burma-India Ribbon,
Flight Engineer wings from Republic of China Air Force

Service Schools Attended:

 

Military Specialty(ies):

 

Rank Upon Discharge:

 

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

 

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

October, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Worked for L &N Railroad and International Paper Company, where he worked as transportation supervisor, rail and truck until his retirement in 1984.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

The most memorable events include on May 23, 1945, while on a bombing mission to Tokyo, the 58th was able to burn out twenty square miles of Tokyo, but it was costly. More B-29's were lost on that mission than on any other during the war. In addition, a forced landing on Iwo Jima because of an engine malfunction is a memory not soon forgotten.

Comments:

Mr. Harris passed away February 15, 2001 and is buried at Pine Crest Cemetery, Mobile, AL

 


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