Harold (Hud) M. Hanson

Capt. Hanson Writes on Civilians' Share in War 
The following is part of a letter written by Captain Harold M. Hanson to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Hansen, 921 Third Street.  Captain Hanson, a graduate of  the Eau Claire High School and of Carleton College, Northfield, MN,  received his wings and commission at Kelly Field, Texas on July 11, 1941 and was assigned as a bomber pilot in Central and South America. He is now stationed, as an instructor, at Gower Field, Boise, Idaho, from which he wrote on April 9:

"Dear Mother and Dad,
"Just a line to let you know that all my back mail caught up with me today. I had a letter dated March 1 that was sent to Panama and two letters dated March 16 and 17.

"As for Eddie Rickenbacker, I am afraid that I disagree with you. I admit that he isn't going about it the best way, but he has been around and seen army bases all over the world, and he knows that some of the outfits are running on a shoestring and baling wire so, when several thousand people go on strike for some petty little thing, or don't show up for work for some minor reason, it makes his blood boil. It makes mine, too. My men in engineering had to work twenty-four hours a day to keep a bunch of planes that were on their last legs going, while the people working at Boeing airplane factories were talking about going out on strike because they wanted more money for overtime.

"We have to court martial somebody for something he did or failed to do, which was exactly the same as civilians are doing all the time. In my mind, it's just as important to get the planes and things built, as it is to make proper use of them. I don't see any difference between a person failing to show up for work in a defense plant and a soldier going AWOL for a day. Sure, there are things about a person's job he doesn't like. I don't think that my crew enjoyed being hungry when we would run out of food out on the Rock. I don't think they cared much about flying nine hours, then working five or six hours on a plane, and then pulling guard for four hours all in one day either.... without overtime!

"You people at home are just as much in this war as we are. From what little I have seen of the States since I got back, I am rather disgusted. You listen to people scream about no meat or no butter or some other shortage, as if the world was going to end if they didn't get it.

"Just between you and me, this war is mighty far from being won. At best, I would say that we are about breaking even these days, and it's going to be a long time before it's all over.

"Better people should start figuring what they can put into this war, instead of what they can get out of it. It might end a lot sooner. 

"Well, about enough of that. Every once in awhile, I boil over though, when I hear somebody shooting off.  Your son, Hud"


WORD HAS BEEN received by Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Hansen, 921 Third Street, of the promotion of their son, Harold, from the rank of Captain to Major in the Army Air Corps.

B-29 Pilot Mission Over Japan on Second Mission
MAJOR HAROLD HANSON
Major Harold M. Hanson, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Hanson, 921 Third Street, was reported missing in action over Tokyo on November 29, according to a letter received from the War Department.

The young major was a pilot on a B-29 Superfortress and failed to return from his second mission. He went overseas on November 14, last. In the plane with Hanson, as the bombardier, was Lieutenant Kenneth Hodson, son of the general. 

Hanson's mother said that several conflicting messages have been received by the family, here, and his wife, Janet Grubbe Hanson, who lives at Toronto, Canada, as to how the accident occurred and as to whether or not the crew was rescued.

Leaving Eau Claire as an Air Cadet on October 14, 1940, Major Hanson went to Muskogee, OK and Randolph Field, TX. He received his wings and commission at Kelly Field, TX on July 11, 1941.

After being commissioned, the Major flew a B-17 in the Canal Zone and was on patrol in the Pacific area. 

He met his wife at Guatemala City, where he was stationed during the time she was working for the British government there.

Returned to the United States after he contracted malaria, March 1, 1943, he and Miss Grubbe were married at Boise, Idaho on March 16,1943.

In February 1944, he went to Clovis, NM, where he received his training to fly the large B-29 and left for the Pacific area again last November.

Major Hanson was graduated from the Eau Claire Senior High School and Carleton College in Minnesota.