Assigned to 514BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Co-Pilot of B-24D 41-11613 "The Blue Streak" of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. A/C and crew went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th bomb group and was sent home for a war bond tour.
Awards: DFC, AM (6OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.
Obituary: Glendale - Waino Einer Hakkinen died peacefully in his Glendale, AZ home on May 5, 2018 at the age of 98. He was born in Gardner, MA on May 1, 1920. He was a World War II veteran who served as a pilot on the "Blue Streak", a B-24 Liberator assigned to the 9th Air Force, 376th Bomb Group, 514th Bomb Squadron. He earned the rank of Captain and was awarded the Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters for combat flight over the Middle East and Europe. After the war, on March 6, 1945, he married his wife of 52 years, Viola Nikunen Hakkinen. He moved his family to Phoenix, AZ in 1960 where he lived for the rest of his life. He had a 35-year career as a draftsman at General Electric and Honeywell. He had three children, Lois McCort, Linda Ambers, and Donald Hakkinen. He leaves 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. A private ceremony will be held for family members.
Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...
The B-24D, #41-11613, 'The Blue Streak' of the 514th Bomb Squadron, the 376th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force was originally named 'Florine Ju Ju', then, '71 Liberandos', '71 Teggie Ann', and last '71 The Blue Streak'. She was a member of the HALPRO...
|Born||Gardner, MA||1 May 1920|
|Lived in||Gardner, MA, USA||1942|
Gardner, Massachusetts, USA.
|Based||1943 – 1944|
Assigned to 514BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF.
|27 January 2021 10:09:54||Al_Skiff||Changes to middlename, firstname, nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events and unit associations|
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