"HAP" HALLORAN, was born in Cincinnati (Lockland), Ohio on February 4,
1922, by Paul & Gertrude Halloran, in Lockland, Ohio. Hap has four brothers Ralph,
Jerry, Don, Ken, all still alive. Hap volunteered
early 1942 for Army Air Corps, in Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio. He completed his training as a
TX) in 1943 and completed training as
Mexico) 1944. He was later assigned to B-29
Bomber Training at Smoky Hill Air Force Base,
Salina, KS, 878th Sqd. 499th Bomb Group V.H. 73rd
Wing, 20th Air Force.
completion of B-29 training Hap and a crew of 11,
called "Rover Boys Express", spent time in Lincoln,
Nebraska, then Herington, KS where they received their own
B-29. Orders were to fly their new B-29 west alone
to Mather Field, CA, then across the Pacific alone to John Rogers Field, Hawaii, then to Kwajalein Island; then to Saipan where the 73rd Wing Base was located;
they were to fly combat missions to bomb and destroy
Japanese mainland targets. They flew missions to Iwo
Jima, Nagoya, Kobe/Akashi in December 1944 and
January 1945 before they were shot down on their
fourth mission -target #357 Nakajima Aircraft
Factory, Tokyo. They were eastbound at 32000
ft.passing Mt. Fuji when shot down over Tokyo by a Japanese Twin Engine Toryu Nick)
Fighter that came in from 1 0'clock high. Three
engines were on fire. They had to parachute into Tokyo when the fighter blew out the nose, the
70o+temperature in their pressurized B-29 dropped
instantly to -58o below zero. Hap fell free from
27,000 ft. to approximately 3,000 ft. before opening
his chute and landing in N.E. Tokyo. He was set upon immediately by
civilians; and severe beatings followed. Mr.
Halloran was near death when Japanese soldiers (MP's
from Kempei Lao Secret Service Torture Prison) seized him
from civilians and took him to Kempei Tai Torture
Main Prison in Tokyo adjacent the moat at the north edge of
the Imperial Palace grounds.
spent 67 days in solitary confinement in a cold,
dark cage. Beatings and brutal interrogations
followed. Hap lived through the March 10, 1945 fire
raid on Tokyo were over 100,000 were killed by B-29s
bombing from 0100 to 0400 a.m. The heat, smoke and
firestorm were absolutely terrifying.
Then Hap was moved to Ueno Zoo in Tokyo where he was a prisoner in animal cage
and tied to the front bars in his lion cage so
civilians could march by and view a B-29 flyer. He
was naked and black from non-washing and hair all
over my face. Hap lost 90 lbs. and was covered with
open running sores
from flea-bed bug bites. He spent April 1, 1945 to
August 1945 in Omori POW Camp contiguous SW Tokyo. Pappy Boyington a friend of Haps was
also in his barracks. Bombings and strafing by
American B-29s and navy/marine fighters were
constant on their unmarked prison barracks. 'Hap'
delivered the eulogy for Boyington 1-15-88 at Arlington National Cemetery. On 8-29-45 Hap
and others were liberated by marine/navy landing
forces and taken aboard the hospital ship
Benevolence in Tokyo Bay. Hap spent about a year in
a hospital at Ashford General Hospital, in White Sulphur Springs, W.VA. Mr. Holloran
left the service in September of 1946. 'Hap' was
near the Battleship Missouri when the Peace Treaty
was signed on September 2nd, 1945.
Hap received 39 years of nightmares after that
ordeal. He later returned to Tokyo in 1984-85, 1989 and 1995, were he met
Ambassador Mike Mansfield who was a great help. Hap
was also reunited with a former guard (friendly) and
many others including: Kaneyuki Kobayashi, former
guard, Saburo Sakai,
a leading living Japanese fighter ace and Isamu
Kashiide, who shot down their B-29 over Tokyo on 1-27-45 and many others.
Reconciliation and friendship finally eradicated the
nightmares of 39 years.
After leaving service in September 1946 Hap went
into the transportation business. He joined
Consolidated Freightways, a major transportation
company in 1958 and held various executive positions
and was member of Board of Directors and Executive
Vice President. He was associated with Consolidated
Freightways as Senior Vice President Emeritus in
Corporate Headquarters, Menlo Park, CA.; for over 40 plus years with
He now has three children, Dan in Barcelona, Spain; Tim in Brentwood, CA; Peggy in Redwood City, CA and several grand children.
Hap currently resides in Menlo Park, CA. Hap has also traveled
extensively and has done TV shows on NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, History, Discovery,
C-Span, TLC cables and speaker/lecturer aboard
cruise ships, military bases, classrooms, etc. 'Hap'
and his son Dan, visited Honolulu, Guam, Saipan, Tinian, and Tokyo in May 1999. He ventured back to Japan in April of 2008 for his 12th time to
meet with friends, veterans and the media.
Hap believes each day on Earth is a "double bonus"
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