COMMENTS & NOTES
THEN COL HARLOD Q. HUGLIN COMMANDED THE 100TH BOMB GROUP FROM MID JUNE 1943 UNTIL JULY 1, 1943 AT WHICH TIME HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO HORHAM TO TAKE COMMAND OF THE 13TH COMBAT WING WHICH INCLUDED THE 100TH BOMB GROUP, 95TH BOMB GROUP AND SOON TO ARRIVE 390TH BOMB GROUP. HE WOULD ALSO COMMAND THE 92ND COMBAT WING OUT OF SUDBURY, HOME OF THE 486TH BOMB GROUP. BIG JOE ARMININI, BOMBARDIER FROM SAMMY BARRS CREW, ALSO ENDED UP WITH GEN HUGLIN AT THE BOTH THE 92ND AND 13TH COMBAT WINGS.
Lt Joe Armanini had replaced Joe Kelly as bombardier of the Barr crew somewhere around August 15,1943. Capt. "Big Joe" Armanini, after completion of 25 missions went with Howard Bassett to the HQ, 92nd CBW (B-24 Groups) at Sudbury with Gen Huglin and Capt Robert Kaiser (Kaiser had been at 13th CBW with Gen Hughlin since Oct. 1943 along with Maj. William Veal) Later Joe was trasnsferred to 13th CBW HQ at Horham with Gen Huglin, Butch Rovegno, Mark Cope, Lt Col. Keisling, Lt Wilcox, Dick Johnson.
BRIGADIER GENERAL HAROLD QUISKEY. HUGLIN
Died Dec. 1, 1975.
Harold Quiskey Huglin was born in Fairfield, Iowa, in 1906. He attended Parsons College there for a year, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy June 13, 1929, and was commissioned a second lieutenant of Field Artillery.
Assigned with the 16th Field Artillery at Fort Bragg, N.C., in July 1930 General Huglin entered Primary Flying School at Brooks Field, Texas, and graduated from Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas, a year later. That December he was transferred to the Air Corps and assigned to the 49th Bomb Squadron at Langley Field, Va., later serving with the 16th Observation Squadron there. Going to Nichols Field in the Philippines in June 1935, in August 1937 he was assigned with the 32nd Bomb Squadron at March Field, Calif.
Entering the Air Corps Tactical School at Maxwell Field, Ala., in June 1939, General Huglin graduated three months later and assumed command of the Third Wing Bombardier School and the 90th Attack Squadron at Barksdale Field, La., becoming operations officer of the Third Bomb Group at Savannah Air Base, Ga., in December 1940. The following August he was transferred to Bolling Field, Washington, D.C., as assistant operations officer of the Air Force Combat Command, becoming chief of the Training Division in the Office of the Directorate of Bombardment at Air Corps headquarters in March 1942.
Going to England in February 1943, General Huglin was operations officer of the Third Bomb Wing, Eighth Air Force. He assumed command of the 100th Bomb Group the following June; the 13th Combat Wing in September 1943; 92nd Bomb Wing the following March; and resumed command of the 13th Combat Bomb Wing in November 1944. The following July he was appointed deputy commanding general of the Third Air Division. Moving to Wiesbaden, Germany, in November 1945, he was deputy chief of staff at Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, becoming operations officer there the following March.
Joining the Air Transport Command in February 1947, General Huglin was deputy commanding general and chief of staff at ATC headquarters, Gravelly Point, Va., and that July he was relieved of his duties as chief of staff, continuing as deputy commanding general. Assuming command of the 530th Air Transport Wing, ATO, at Fairfield-Suisun Field, Calif., in June 1948 (redesignated the 1501st Air Transport Wing that September), when it was discontinued in June 1949 he became deputy commander of the Pacific Division of Military Air Transport Service at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, assuming additional duty as commander of the U.S. Air Forces in the Pacific the following month.
Transferred to Air Force headquarters, Washington, D.C., in July 1952, General Huglin was director of the Management Analysis Service in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, comptroller. On Aug. 1, 1955, he was appointed director of the Planning Program Division, Plans and Readiness Area, Office of Defense Mobilization, Washington, D.C.
His decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal; French Legion of Honor and Croix de Guerre; Belgian Croix de Guerre, Czechslovakian War Cross; and order of the British Empire. He is rated a command pilot, technical observer and aircraft observer.
(Up to date as of August 1955)
Missions of Col Huglin:
1. September 26, 1943 Emden Flew with 95th BG
2. October 2, 1943 Paris Flew with 95th BG Division Lead
3. January 14, 1944 Maison Ponthiau Flew with 94th BG
4. Janurary 21, 1944 Grand Parc Flew with 447th BG
5. February 28, 1944 St Josse-Au-Bois Flew with 95th BG (awarded Air Medal for 5 Missions)
6. May 7, 1944 Liege Flew with 486th BG Division Lead
7. August 5, 1944 Magdeburg 92nd Combat Wing Division Lead (awarded DFC for Mission)
8. November 6, 1944 Neumunster 13th Combat Wing Division Lead
9. December 10, 1944 Koblenz Flew with 390th BG Division Lead
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS
Harold Q. Huglin, 0-17548, Colonel, Army Air Forces, United States Army. For extraordinary achievement while serving as Commander in the Air of a Wing of B-17 aircraft on a heavy bombardment mission against the enemy over Germany, 5 August 1944. The Target on this very deep penetration into enemy territory was an important aircraft and motor works plant at Magdeburg, Germany. Under Colonel Huglin's efficient direction, wing assembly was made and a superior formation maintained throughout the mission. Intense, accurate anti-aircraft fire was encountered over Magdeburg, but despite this and the added difficulty of clouds obscuring the target, Colonel Huglin led his formation directly to the target. The success obtained on this operation was largely due to the superb leadership of Colonel Huglin. His action on this occasion reflects the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Citation: for exceptionally meritoirious achievement while participating in five separate bomber missions over enemy occupied Continental Europe. The courage, coolness and skill displayed by this officer upon these occasions reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Harold Q. Huglin, 0-17548, Colonel 92nd Combat Bombardment Wing (H), Army Air Forces, United States Army.
FRENCH CROIX de GUERRE with PALM-Awarded 29 January 1945 to Colonel Harold Q. Huglin 017548, 3rd Bomb Division by Gen de Gaulle.
For Campaigne for the Liberation of France June 1944-December 1944.
Third 100th BG Commanding Officer. Was in Command when Group flew first Combat Missions. Was CG of 92nd CBW and 13th CBW.
Brig. General Harold Q. Huglin
Brig. Gen. Harold Huglin and Maj Flesher at 13th Combat Wing HQ.
13th Combat Wing Roster for March 1945
Brig Gen Harold Q Huglin CG of 13th Combat Wing in Center of Photo. Visitors to HQ
Photo is taken at Horham. Maj Robert Flesher is standing third from the Right.
Col. Harold Q. Huglin, Commanding Officer of the 100th from 12 Jun 43 - 1 Jul 43, decorates Lt. Krepismann.. Photo courtesy of Ray Gipson. March - 2007
General H. J. Huglin, 13 Combat Wing, decorating Lt. Julius Krepismann. (100th Photo Archives)
Jack Kidd, Chick Harding, Gen Huglin with Mohammad
100th review by General Harbold, General Partridge, William Utely, General Huglin and Pat Bouchard. (100th Photo Archives)
Gen Huglin awarding medal to Col Sutterlin.
David G. Raiford - 350th Pilot being decorated. The Officer on the left is believed to be Gen Harold Huglin, CG of 13th Combat Wing . (100th Photo Archives)