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Harold Elwood Comstock


CO 63rd FS 56th FG July 1944 - Jan. 1945
Flew 2 combat tours totalling 136 missions from April 1943 thru Jan. 1945.
6 kills air + 3 kills by strafing
CO 481st TFS and flew 132 combat missions over S. Vietnam.
Col. USAF retired



  • Max Victor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Automotive Mechanic | 56th Fighter Group
    Grownd crew for Col. Harold Comstock. Bronze Star Medal Co 164 Hq 2AD, Dist. Unit Badge; EAME Medal;Good Conduct Medal

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 63rd Fighter Squadron


  • 42-75870

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Originally assigned to Capt. Harold "Bunny" Comstock and reassigned to Capt. Campbell.

  • 42-26413 Happy Warrior / Oregon's Britannia

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Assigned to Major Hubert Zemke, re-assigned to 1st Lt Harold E Comstock. Fatally crashed by Lt Samuel K Batson after engine failure.

  • 41-6326 Happy Warrior

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. 1Lt Comstock secured 2 victories and 3 x damaged in this A/C. Written off following crash-landing at Mutford due to running out of gas on return from mission. Pilot 1Lt Harold Comstock uninjured and returned to base.

  • 44-19757

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 44-20455

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 315FS, 324FG, 9AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...


Event Location Date
Born Fresno, CA, USA 20 December 1920

Son of Clinton E and Leona Millie [Daw] Comstock.

Enlisted Fresno, CA, USA 6 November 1941
Promoted Halesworth, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19, UK 12 March 1944

Promoted from 1Lt to Captain

End Tour of Duty (ETD) (1) Halesworth, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19, UK 19 April 1944

Ended first tour of duty

2nd tour of duty Boxted, Colchester, Essex, UK 11 July 1944

Commenced 2nd tour of duty

Reassigned Boxted, Colchester, Essex, UK 22 July 1944

Took command of 63rd Fighter Squadron.

Promoted Boxted, Colchester, Essex, UK 17 September 1944

Promoted from Captain to Major

End Tour of Duty (ETD) (2) Boxted, Colchester, Essex, UK 10 January 1945

Ended second tour of duty

Died Clovis, CA, USA 3 April 2009
Buried Fresno Memorial Gardens, 175 S Cornelia Ave, Fresno, CA 93706, USA 19 April 2009

Fresno Memorial Gardens
Fresno, Fresno County, CA


Date Contributor Update
03 July 2018 20:22:52 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, events, unit associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2017 22:31:56 fugari Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards and media associations

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Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 14:16:30 Pyker Changes to events

Corrected typo on 2nd tour start date.

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2016 14:05:44 Pyker Changes to nickname, highest rank, events and place associations

Updated nickname and added to biography. From own and Ted Damick data files. Hometown was Fresno California but unable to add dates.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources, 8th AF Losses / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list