Zumhingst, Herbert, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1435Z-Air Operations Officer
Last AFSC Group
Air Operations
Primary Unit
1969-1971, 1435Z, 71st Special Operations Squadron
Service Years
1943 - 1984
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home Town
Last Address
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Date of Passing
May 08, 2008
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

Strategic Command (Pre 2002) Transport Command Air Education and Training Command Instructor Master Professional Military Education

Air Force Commander Air Training Command Master Instructor (post-1967) Air Training Command Master Instructor (pre-1966) Combat Crew

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)Air Force Association (AFA)American LegionVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
 Life MemberReserve Officers Association (ROA)Disabled American Veterans (DAV)National Aviation Hall of Fame
  1944, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, Air Force Association (AFA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1950, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1950, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1951, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA), Life Member [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1968, Reserve Officers Association (ROA) [Verified]
  1971, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1971, National Aviation Hall of Fame

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
In December 1941, Herbert was one of the first members to join the Civil Air Patrol at Freeman Field AF Base and worked in the Supply Room on the Base after School in Seymour,Indiana At the of age 16. Upon graduation from High School he entered the United States Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program out of Mississippi State, graduating as a second lieutenant Class of 44I. He was later to fly B-25's, B-24's and B-29's in World War II. After World War II, In Oct 1946 Herbert was assigned to an Active Reserve Units 71ST TCS and the 72nd TCS At Stout Field, Indianapolis,Indiana Flying AT-6s and AT-11s & C-46s & C-47s; Until the 434th T.C.W. was organized in 1949 At Atterbury Air Force Base,Columbus,Indiana where he was one of the first ART and flew C-46s , C-47 & AT-6s for a very short period. Shortly after, The 434th received their C-46s which he flew as Pilot in Troop Carrier Operations For the next seven years, until the 434th T.C.W (M) was recalled to active duty in 1951 with the United States Air Force. He spent one year in the Far East Theater, participating in the Korean War flying C-46's, where he flew Air Evacuations of both wounded and deceased personnel , dropping 187th Airborne Regiment, supplies, couriers and conducting Treacherous island mail drops; and prisoners of war. Herbert was able to fly Margaret Bourke White, a Life Magazine correspondent, General Dwight D.Eisenhower's son, John, plus other VIPs. He also volunteered to fly with the Kyushu Gypsies Squadron out of K-16, Seoul,Korea Test hops,Courier Flights, and drop control Zone Officers He accumulated 600 combat hours in the Korean War. In 1953, upon receiving Honorable Separation from the service in Jan.1953 He was again assigned to the 434th T.C.W. Bakalar Air Force Base Columbus,Indiana his duties were to teach Transition,Instrument Flying,Troop Carrier Tactics in the C-46. From May 1954 to December 1956. He was a member of the 434th T.C.W. C-46 Standardization Board. And served as Acting Operations Officer for the 71st T.C.S from June 1955 to August 1955,and Assistant Operations Officer from December 1954 to November 1955. He was very active in participation with the 434th T.C.W. having earned 70 to 80 points between the year of 1953 and 1955. In 1956 he earned approximately 150 points, and 1957,164 points. He was assigned as Gen.John Bradshaw's Co-Pilot, October 1956, to fly in the first Air Force Troop Carrier Rodeo, there by,assisting in placing the 434th Troop Carrier wing, second in competition with thirteen Reserve Troop Carrier Wings. In january 1957, he was called to Active duty for two weeks of Transitioning in the 434th T.C.W newly acquired C-119s. this gave him the distinction of being the first reserve Pilot in our Wing to check out. March 1957, Herbert was recalled to active duty and spent six weeks at Pope Air Force Base South Carolina, receiving the Basic Course of the C-119 simulator. After completing the M.T.D. Course, May 30,1957 He was asked to stay on at Pope Air Force Base as Flight Instructor and performed Instructor duties in the C-119 Aircraft-consisting of teaching Instrument and Transition Flying until August 1957 with 3,313 hrs.as an Instructor .This gave him the opportunity to train future Instructor Pilots for the Air Reserve Flying Centers within the Tenth Air force also ,to instruct Reserve Pilots from various Reserve Wings who were station at Bakalar Air Force Base for their summer encampment. The sixteen months in which he has been instructing Instruments,Transition and Troop Carrier Tactics in the C-119 Aircraft At Bakalar, has give him the opportunity to ride with and known a number of pilots assigned to the 434th T.C.W. Lt Col. Zumhingst was an Element Leader in A-Flight of the 71st T.C.S late to become the 71st SOS. He was on orders as a C-119 Instrument and Transition Instructor and flight examiner and a member of the 930th TC GP. later to become 930th SOW with in the 434th T.C.W. (M) . He trained the 71st Special Operations Tactical Wing (Shadow) and the 72nd T.C.S. in C-119 Troop Carrier Operations and many other Units & SQs, as a flight examiner and instructor. He established the Instrument School for the 434th T.C.W.; he also was toassist in the reorganization of the base operation section of the Bakalar Air Force Base to the reserve operation. While in this capacity, Herbert was recalled to active duty for the Cuban crisis and Operation Swift lift. He served as a Major, flying C-119's. Upon his release from active duty,he became Chief of Flight Standardization Evaluation and Test Pilot for the 434th T.C.W. Lt. Colonel Zumhingst returned to Seymour in 1964 and developed Sherwood Terrace, a 180 lot subdivision, northwest of Seymour High School. He was also a partner in other Seymour businesses. While installing Lasher Drive,Herbert volunteered to fly missions into the Dominican Republic during that country's crisis and was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. In 1968, Lt. Colonel Zumhingst was recalled to active duty and spent 1968-1969 in the Republic of Vietnam. He was the first squadron to ferry their AC-119 gunship's from Ohio across the Pacific to Nha Trang, Vietnam. Upon his return to the United States, Lt.Col Zumhingst retired as Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air Force. He served 40 years of reserve and active duty time, earning the following awards and decorations: Air Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War Two Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal (Army), Army of Occupation (Japan) and National Defense Service Medal (With Bronze Stars), United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal (with Three Battle Stars), Korean Presidential Unit Citation Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Gold Hour Glass) Combat Readiness Medal and the Air Reserve Meritorious Service Ribbon.I'm Still in the works. More to add
Other Comments:
I have my new wings now.
I have walked into heaven's gates
Oh yes, my old buddies are here . No tears just smiles and cheers.
See we are all new, now flying high with the best wings we have ever had.
So smile don't be sad we are with you .
We are all Gods Co-Pilots now. By: Diane Zumhingst-Scott

The Whistler

I am the Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes ... I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak. Opening to The Whistler
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, USAAF Aviation Cadet Center (San Antonio, TX), I
  1944, USAAF Recruit Training (Kelly Field, TX), I
  1944, USAAF Officers Candidate School (OCS) (Miami Beach, Florida), I1
  1945, USAAF Recruit Training (Chanute Field, IL), 71
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolSecond Air Force (2nd Air Force)528th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy329th Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy
US Air Force11th Air Force331st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy73rd Airlift Squadron
10th Air ForceContinental Air Command (CAC)USAF Airlift Center ( USAFAC), Military Airlift Command (MAC)53rd Troop Carrier Squadron
4th Field Investigations RegionCombined Joint Special Operations Liaison Korea5th Air ForceStrategic Air Command (SAC)
19th Troop Carrier Squadron83rd Tactical Control Squadron20th Air Force434th Troop Carrier Wing, Medium
71st Tactical Control SquadronUS Air ForceAir Force Bases/ InstallationsSchool Assignments
3565th Navigator Training Wing (Staff)Sheppard Air Force BaseAir Force Bases/ Installations71st Air Commando Squadron
Air Combat Command17th Special Operations Squadron14th Special Operations Wing71st Special Operations Squadron
  1943-1944, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1946, AAF MOS 1054, Second Air Force (2nd Air Force)
  1943-1946, AAF MOS 1093, 528th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1092, Second Air Force (2nd Air Force)
  1945-1946, AAF MOS 1093, 329th Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy
  1945-1946, AAF MOS 1093, 93rd Bombardment Group, Medium
  1946-1946, AAF MOS 1093, Airborne Command Post, United States Pacific Command (USPACOM)
  1946-1946, AAF MOS 1093, 11th Air Force
  1946-1946, AAF MOS 1093, 331st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1946-1947, AAF MOS 1093, 73rd Airlift Squadron
  1947-1948, AAF MOS 1024, 10th Air Force
  1949-1950, AAF MOS 1093, Headquarters, Continental Air Command (CAC)
  1949-1951, AAF MOS 1093, USAF Airlift Center ( USAFAC), Military Airlift Command (MAC)
  1950-1951, AAF MOS 1024, 53rd Troop Carrier Squadron
  1951-1953, 8224, 4th Field Investigations Region
  1951-1953, AAF MOS 1093, Combined Joint Special Operations Liaison Korea
  1951-1953, AAF MOS 1093, 5th Air Force
  1951-1961, 1055Z, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1952-1953, AAF MOS 1093, 19th Troop Carrier Squadron
  1952-1953, AAF MOS 1093, 83rd Tactical Control Squadron
  1952-1953, 20th Air Force
  1953-1955, AAF MOS 659, 434th Troop Carrier Wing, Medium
  1953-1955, 1545A, 71st Tactical Control Squadron
  1953-1955, AAF MOS 1093, 72nd Tactical Control Flight
  1956-1963, AAF MOS 659, 10th Air Force
  1957-1958, AAF MOS 659, Pope Air Force Base
  1960-1961, 1435Z, Technical Training Center - Lackland
  1960-1967, 3565th Navigator Training Wing (Staff)
  1961-1961, 1435Z, James Connally Air Force Base
  1961-1962, 1435Z, Sheppard Air Force Base
  1961-1962, 1435Z, Langley Air Force Base
  1961-1968, 71st Air Commando Squadron
  1962-1971, 1435Z, Air Combat Command
  1968-1969, 1435Z, 17th Special Operations Squadron
  1968-1969, 1435Z, 14th Special Operations Wing
  1969-1971, 1435Z, 71st Special Operations Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)2
  1952-1952 Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall (1952)
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)7
  1962-1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
  1968-1969 Vietnam Air Offensive Phase IV Campaign (1968-69)
 Colleges Attended 
Mississippi State UniversityButler University
  1943-1944, Mississippi State University
  1964-1964, Butler University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  B-25 Mitchell  B-29 Superfortress  P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  
AT-6 Texan  AT-11 Kansan  C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  C-46 Commando  
C-119 Flying Boxcar  AC-119G/K Shadow/Stinger  
  1944-1945, B-24 Liberator
  1944-1946, B-25 Mitchell1
  1945-1946, B-29 Superfortress1
  1946-1946, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
  1946-1950, AT-6 Texan
  1946-2003, AT-11 Kansan
  1950-1957, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1951-1953, C-46 Commando
  1956-1971, C-119 Flying Boxcar
  1968-1969, AC-119G/K Shadow/Stinger1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 02, 1951, The day I married my best friend and love of my life.
  Jan 01, 1970, Retired1
  Mar 09, 2017, General Photos
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