Lt. Colonel Edgar A. Hambleton 0-663721

LIEUTENANT COLONEL EDGAR A. (ED) HAMBLETON WORLD WAR II AVIATOR
Member of the 312th Bomb Group, 5th Air Force, Pacific Theater in World War II

Click For EnlargementRetired 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 Group.

Click For EnlargementDuring 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 the Strategic Air Command. He was also a graduate of the Air Force Command and Staff School.

Following 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.

 

     Edgar Hambleton  312th Bomb Group A-20 Pilot

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