New England Air Museum
Harold H. Heinbaugh


Recent Address:

1025 Rockledge Dr., Unit A-203, Rockledge, FL 32955


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Family Information:

Parents: Roy and E.


Millersburg, PA

Date Entered Service:


Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Kansas - 1943

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:

First crew to encounter fighters in Burma-China Theater flying fuel to China on April 26th 1944


Imperial Iron and Steel Works at Yawata - 20 August 1944



Service Schools Attended:


Military Specialty(ies): MOS 1093-Pilot B-29 VHB
Rank Upon Discharge:

1st Lieutenant

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6330 Fickle Finger of Fate

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:


Post-WWII Military Service:



From the 444th Group web site: "All but one of the Hansen crew were lost on August 20, 1944, when their aircraft “Fickle Finger” (42-6330 flew into a cliff near the Kwanghan base in China, returning from the Yawata mission. The last communication between the crew and the control tower did not indicate a problem, but for some reason the plane veered away from its flight path and was observed to crash and burst into flames. The lone survivor of the accident was radar operator Virgil Belford, who later lived in Great Bend, Kansas."


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