Hunter Harris

Military

Object Number - UPL 41057 - Colonel Hunter Harris Jr, Commanding Officer of the 447th Bomb Group.

From Wikipedia:

Harris was born in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in 1909, the son of Lula Allen Harris and Hunter Harris, an army officer. He attended the Virginia Military Institute, the University of Georgia, and graduated from the United States Military Academy as a second lieutenant of Infantry on June 10, 1932 and was detailed to the Army Air Corps for pilot flight training at Randolph Field and Kelly Field, Texas. He became a rated pilot in October 1933 and was assigned to the Army Air Corps February 16, 1934, and was stationed at March Field, California, where he held various group and squadron positions.

In March 1937, Harris went to Nichols Field, the Philippines, for duty with the 28th Bomb Squadron, and later served at Clark Field. In March 1940 he was assigned to Bolling Field, and in December 1941 became assistant operations officer with the Air Force Combat Command Headquarters at Bolling Field.

Harris was assigned to the War Department General Staff in March 1942 and in October assumed command of a B-17 Provisional Group and later became commander of the 447th Bomb Group. In the fall of 1943 he took the 447th Group to England. General Harris assumed command of the 13th Combat Bomb Wing of the Eighth Air Force in September 1944, and then was assigned as deputy chief of staff for operations of the Third Bomber Division of the Eighth Air Force in the European Theater in December 1944. During this service in Europe, he flew 25 combat missions in B-17s totaling 200 hours, followed by a few P-51 missions.

After returning to the United States in June 1945, he was assigned as deputy chief, Military Personnel Division, in charge of officer personnel, Headquarters Army Air Force, Washington, D.C. In August 1947, he entered the Air War College at Maxwell Field, Alabama, graduating in June 1948. His next assignment was as Air Force deputy commander, Armed Forces Special Weapons Project, Sandia Base, New Mexico. Harris assumed command of the 509th Bomb Wing, Eighth Air Force, at Walker Air Force Base, New Mexico in January 1950 and was appointed commanding general, 47th Air Division at Walker in January 1951. His next assignment in February 1952 was as chief of the War Plans Division, Deputy Chief of Staff/Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. In November 1953, he was designated deputy director of plans at Headquarters U.S. Air Force and the Air Force member of the Joint Strategic Plans Committee of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Harris became deputy for operations in May 1955, at Headquarters Far East Air Forces and was later assigned to the staff of the commander in chief Pacific, as deputy chief of staff for plans and operations. In November 1958 he became deputy commander, Eighth Air Force, Strategic Air Command, Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts, and in October 1961 he became commander.

On October 1, 1962, General Harris became vice commander in chief of the Strategic Air Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, and August 1, 1964 assumed his assignment as commander of the Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. He retired from the Air Force on February 1, 1967, and died on March 5, 1987.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 447th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 709th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Captain-Operations Officer, 447th
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 447th Sub-Depot 708th Bomb Squadron 709th Bomb Squadron 710th Bomb Squadron Headquarters (447th Bomb Group) 447th Signal Construction Battalion Headquarters & Headquarters Company (447th Signal Construction Battalion) 711th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 447th Sub-Depot 383rd Service Squadron 710th Bomb Squadron Headquarters (447th Bomb Group)
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Executive Officer, 708 Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 711th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Commander, 711 Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 30 April 1944

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Revisions

Date24 Jul 2021 18:32:37
Contributorjmoore43
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Removed 447th BG info form the "Role/job" field.

Date19 Oct 2020 20:18:39
Contributorpamccolgan
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447th Bomber Group

Date19 Oct 2020 19:41:04
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447th Bomb Group

Date19 Oct 2020 17:47:54
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447th Bomb Group

Date27 Sep 2014 18:13:25
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History Roster as of 01 August 1945

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