• July 30, 2014

WWII flight instrument missing after airshow

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Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014 4:30 am

TEMPLE — A valued piece of American history went missing at the Central Texas Airshow over the weekend, and the owner wants to get it back.

A red-and-black World War II flight instrument from a Japanese Zero fighter plane given to someone by Hap Halloran, a prisoner of war shot down over Tokyo on March 9, 1945, disappeared from the Legends and Heroes canopy tent next to the VIP tent, Bud Farrell said.

Halloran was scheduled for execution, but managed to survive torture and starvation.

He was taken to the Tokyo Zoo and put in a cage as an example of what American soldiers looked like, according to Halloran’s book, “Hap’s War: The Incredible Survival Story of a P.O.W. Slated for Execution.”

Freedom came to Halloran in late August 1945.

He was inducted into the American Combat Hall of Fame in October 2001.

“If you know where or who has this souvenir, let someone at this newspaper know,” Farrell said.

Anyone with information also may contact Farrell at b29gunner@suddenlink.net or Cheryl Tipple at cheryl.tipple@gmail.com.

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