Oscar W. Hansen

Aerial Gunner
PFC. OSCAR HANSEN
Private First Class Oscar W. Hansen, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Hansen, 1536 East Madison Street, received his aerial gunner's wings at the Army Air Field, Harlingen, TX.

Along with his diploma, he received a pair of aerial gunner's wings and a promotion in grade at brief graduation exercises held here. After a delay en route to visit relatives to Eau Claire, he will join an aerial combat team.

Private Hansen was prepared for his place in America's stepped-up air offensive by a comprehensive six-week course in every phase of aerial gunnery warfare. Besides learning to fire every type of weapon from camera guns to the deadly caliber .50 Brownings, he studied turret manipulation, aircraft identification, and learned to tear down and assemble machine guns while blind-folded. He climaxed the course by firing on towed targets from Texan training planes, medium bombers, and Liberators.


IN ITALY
Corporal Oscar W. Hansen, 25, of 1536 East Madison Street, is now seeing overseas service with one of Major General Nathan F. Twining's 15th Army Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress squadrons, it has been announced. Corporal Hansen, a tail gunner, entered the Armed Forces on April 10, 1943 and received his wings on March 4, 1944 at Harlingen, TX. He began his tour of foreign duty on September 2.

AIR AWARD
Sergeant Oscar W. Hansen, 25, of 1536 East Madison Street, Eau Claire, WI, a tail gunner on a 15th Army Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress, has been awarded the Air Medal for "meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight." Sergeant Hansen entered the Armed Forces on April 10, 1943 and received his wings on March 4, 1944 at Harlingen, TX. He began his tour of foreign duty on September 2, 1944. Prior to his entrance into the Armed Forces, he was employed as a sheet metal worker.