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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:51 pm 
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We've been requested for a mug and hug to a WW2 Veteran currently in hospice care (Bio below)

Date: Sunday, Sept 15, 2019
Rally point: Brian's HD
Rally time: 10:30am
KSU: 11am
Location: VA Community Living Center 3461 Civic Center Blvd Philadelphia PA 19104
RC: Huggy

Norman Barker Newbon
DOB 8/10/23
Branch of Service: USAF
Rank: Major
Years of Service: 26

Service overview: Entered into service (Army Air Corps) sometime around 1942 and went directly into flight school as a Navigator. Served as a navigator in WW2 on a B29 flight crew in the South Pacific theatre. One of the special missions he flew was from the island of Papua New Guinea to Balikpapan (on the Island of Borneo) where they succeeded in destroying a major oil installation which was feeding Japan during the conflict. This flight required them to fly more than 400 miles further than the range of the B29 and the special planning was lead with the assistance of Charles Lindbergh.

Flew during Korean War while stationed in Germany flying RC97s and B25s as part of an intelligence group called Berlin for Lunch. They would fly from Frankfurt up to Berlin through the demilitarized air space know as the Berlin Corridor and take pictures of East Germany and other installations of interest.

He came back to the US and transferred into a 2 position crew of a B57 where he was the Navigator/G.I.B. (Guy in the Back). He served TDY (temporary duty yonder/assignment) with the B57 in Tripoli for serval months providing air support during to the volatile period in the region.

He then joined a B52 flight crew where he spent the last 8+ years of his flying career as a Navigator and EWO (Electronic Warfare Officier). In the B52 he was part of Operation Chrome Dome which was a USAF Cold-War era mission, from 1960 to 1968, in which B52 Stratofortress strategic bomber aircraft was armed with thermonuclear weapons. They remained on continuous airborne alert, flying routes to points on the Soviet Union border.

After retiring from the USAf Norm worked for Rayovac companies as a facilities manager and electronic engineer. He retired from Rayovac and joined the hardware support group at the Princeton University computer center where he spent approximately 10 years before retiring.

Norm enjoyed spending time with his family and would always sacrifice to make sure they came first. He played the piano, the trumpet (he was in a band after high school playing bars in the Trenton NJ area). He played the drum for the Tall Cedars Matching Band (Trenton Forest #4) and competed on the boardwalk in Atlantic City where his brigade won. He spent much of his time with computers, reading, crossword puzzles, playing the organ, and just about anything that would challenge this brain. He enjoyed his boat, tinkering with his cars, flying, and of course serving and protecting this great country!

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