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Hunter Harris


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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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    Military | Colonel | Captain-Operations Officer, 447th Bomb Group | 447th Bomb Group
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  • Charles Davis

    Military | Major | 447th Bomb Group
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  • Clarence Elder

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer | 447th Bomb Group
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  • Harald Lund

    Military | Major | Executive Officer, 708 Squadron | 447th Bomb Group
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  • Edward McRay

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commander, 711 Squadron | 447th Bomb Group

  • Frank Newman

    Military | Major | Commanding Officer, 708 Squadron | 447th Bomb Group

  • Fred Rohrbaugh

    Military | Captain | Post Exchange Officer, 447 Bomb Group | 447th Bomb Group

  • Melvin Steele

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • Louis Takacs

    Military | First Sergeant (1st Grade) | Orderly Room 1st Sargent | 447th Bomb Group
    First SGT , Louis A Takacs was the son of Mr and Mrs A Takacs, born 1920. On March 21st, 1941 Sgt Takacs enlisted in the Air Corps, and went to Scott Field for his basic training and also for assignment. He was assigned to the Orderly room as clerk...

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  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets which it is thought will frustrate concentration...

  • 329

    30 April 1944

  • 347

    9 May 1944

  • 355

    13 May 1944

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

Associated Place

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

  • St Nicholas, Rattlesden

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  • Rattlesden Gliding Club

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Date Contributor Update
24 July 2021 18:32:37 jmoore43 Changes to role

Removed 447th BG info form the "Role/job" field.

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2020 20:18:39 pamccolgan Changes to unit associations

447th Bomber Group

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2020 19:41:04 pamccolgan Changes to unit associations and mission associations

447th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2020 17:47:54 pamccolgan Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, unit associations and place associations

447th Bomb Group

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27 September 2014 18:13:25 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History Roster as of 01 August 1945