Edgar A. Hambleton was born August 19, 1918 to parents Earnest Albert Hambleton and Josie Ann Rhodes Hambleton in DeQueen, Arkansas. Nicknamed "Ed".
On January 7, 1942 enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as an aviation cadet. After completing flight training, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with serial number O-663721. Shipped overseas as a passenger aboard SS Nieuw Amsterdam across the Pacific to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 312th
Bomb Group (312th BG), 388th Bombardment Squadron (388th BS) as an A-20 Havoc pilot. He was assigned A-20G 43-9458 that he nicknamed "Je Reviens" after the book by Didier Schuller that he read aboard SS Nieuw Amsterdam during the voyage from California across the Pacific to Australia. In New Guinea, he began flying low level strike missions in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA). In 1944 promoted to the rank of Captain.
He remained in the U. S. Air Force (USAF) and served as an operations staff officer in a NATO group in Germany and in the Strategic Air Command (SAC). He was also a graduate of the Air Force Command and Staff School. In 1963 he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Hambleton passed away on May 15, 2005. He is buried IOOF Cemetery in Norman, OK.
Mary Elizabeth Tabb Hambleton (wife)
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Obituary for Lieutenant Colonel Edgar A. (Ed) Hambleton World War II Aviator
Air Force Lt. Colonel Edgar A. Hambleton, age 86, a decorated world war
II aviator, died Sunday, May 15, 2005. Interment will follow at the I.O.O.F.
Cemetery in Norman, Oklahoma. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary
bearers will be the 312th Bombardment Group. Services are under the direction
of Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman, Oklahoma. Colonel
Hambleton was born on August 19, 1918, in DeQueen, Arkansas, to Ernest
A. and Josie (Rhodes) Hambleton. As a boy he grew up in the oil fields
of Oklahoma. Colonel Hambleton attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
In December 1941, after Pearl Harbor, he applied for the Army Air Corps
flight training and was accepted January 6, 1942. After receiving his flying
commission, he was assigned to the 312th Bombardment
During World War II, he named his A-20 Havoc "Je Reviens" after a book he read by the same name on the long triip overseas. Colonel Hambleton flew sixty-eight
combat missions in the A-20 Havoc in the Southwest Pacific area for which
he was awarded the air medal with clusters and other decorations. During
his military career, he served as operations staff officer in various organizations
including a Troop Carrier Group, a NATO group in Germany and in the Strategic
Air Command (SAC). He was also a graduate of the Air Force Command and Staff
retirement from the Air Force in 1963, he moved with his wife and four
children to Norman, where he was associated with the insurance industry
for many years. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, past president
of the Norman Life Underwriters Association, a Chartered Life Underwriter
(CLU), member of the OU Alumni Association, member of the Retired Officers'
Association, a charter member of the O-YOU Good Sams Travel Club, driver
for Norman Meals on Wheels, and a member of McFarlin Memorial United Methodist
Church, where he was a member of the Bible Study Room 222 Sunday School
Class, Men's Prayer Breakfast, member of the choir for fifteen years, and
also has served on the church board.
Colonel Hambleton was
preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lawrence and Charles;
and two sisters, Trixie Lucy and Martha Compton. Survivors include his
wife of fifty-six years, Mary Elizabeth Tabb Hambleton, of the home; two
sons, David Hambleton and wife, Sue, of Morrisonville, NY, and Mark Hambleton
and wife, Janet, of Tahlequah, OK; two daughters, Cheryl Weddle and husband,
Royce, and Kathleen Williams and husband, Billy, all of Norman; nine
grandchildren, Todd Hambleton, Heather Hambleton, Danny Weddle, Michael
Weddle and wife, Melinda, Dana Weddle, Travis Williams and wife, Devon,
Jason Williams, Marisa Hambleton and Matthew Hambleton; and sister, Edna
Graham, of Tulsa, OK.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Norman
Meals on Wheels, P. O. Box 1371, Norman, OK 73070 and Norman Regional
Hospital Foundation, P. O. Box 1665, Norman, Oklahoma, 73070.
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