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Harding R Zumwalt


Harding Zumwalt had trained to fly Spitfires with the RAF and only transferred to the USAAF in 1943. He had been a professional trumpet player before the war and joined the Thunderbolt All-American Swing Band at Duxford. His need to wear glasses always made it hard for him to persuade medical boards that he was fit to fly. He found his ability with the trumpet a useful bargaining chip for keeping him in the air.


Units served with

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...

  • 83rd Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron (78th Fighter Group)


Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Post-war career Missouri, USA

Joined the Missouri Air National Guard and retired as a Maj. General in 1971.


Date Contributor Update
20 July 2015 16:39:50 Lucy May Changes to biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations

Combined with another duplicate entry. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster on page 135 in 'Eagles of Duxford' book by Fry.

'Superman' quoting as his source: Harding R. Zumwalt

Text from IWM article:

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2015 13:01:58 Emily Changes to role and unit associations

Combined information from two entries : Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2014 17:05:00 Superman Changes to highest rank and role

From Harding and Jeff Zumwalt.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:50 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list