Harold Paul Hogarth

Harold P. “Hogie” Hogarth was born 18-APR 1921 in Lunenberg Massachusetts.  His father was Harold N. Hogarth (1895-1953) and his mother was Ruth Elizabeth (nee Weweler) Hogarth (1896-1970).  The family moved from Massachusetts to Los Angeles in 1924.  Harold had one sister, Ruth and one brother Robert.

According to the 1930 Federal Census the family lived in Montebello, California through 1940.  Harold graduated from James Garfield High School where he played basketball and football in East Los Angeles.

On 7-JUN 1942 Harold married Mary E. Harris (1921-2020) in Las Vegas Nevada.  They had three sons: Wayne, Larry, and Harold.

Harold served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as an aircraft mechanic in the European theater.  Mechanics played an important role during the war, as they were the ones who helped repair the machinery such as land vehicles and aircrafts.  After completing basic military training, it was normal for potential mechanics to be assigned a four-month technical school, such as those at Lincoln, Nebraska, or Biloxi, Mississippi, where these two schools trained men in the basics of aircraft and engine maintenance and repair. Typically, eleven different phases were taught, such as fundamentals, structures, hydraulics, propellers, instruments, engines, electrical systems, fuel systems, engine operation, and phases of aircraft inspection.

The ratio of ground crew to pilots was nearly 25 to 1.  The ground crews were some of the unheralded heroes of World War II.

After the war, and his retirement Harold and the family settled in O’Fallon Missouri in 1994.  .

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