[Harrison R. Thyng oral history interview (Part 2 of 2)]

AFAA interview with Harrison R. Thyng, Reel 2 of 2
[Harrison R. Thyng oral history interview (Part 2 of 2)]
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[Harrison R. Thyng oral history interview (Part 2 of 2)]


In this two-part oral history, Harrison R. “Harry” Thyng discusses his military career with the United States Army Air Forces and United States Air Force. In part two, he continues to describe his World War II experiences, including his time in the Mediterranean Theater with the 31st Fighter Group and in the Pacific Theater with the 413th Fighter Group. He also touches on his service during the Korean War. Topics discussed include notable actions while stationed in North Africa and Ie Shima, a mission in Korea in which his wingman was shot down, and his thoughts on the manned interceptor.

The interview is conducted by fellow fighter ace Eugene A. Valencia.


1960s circa


1 sound reel (20 min., 43 sec.) : analog ; 1/4 in



Bibliographic Citation

The American Fighter Aces Association Oral Interviews/The Museum of Flight




Biographical Text

Harrison R. “Harry” Thyng was born on April 12, 1918 in Laconia, New Hampshire. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 1939, he enrolled as an Aviation Cadet with the United States Army Air Corps. He graduated from flight training in 1940. Initially assigned to the 1st Pursuit Group, Thyng later transferred to the 31st Fighter Group and was named commander of the 309th Fighter Squadron, which deployed to England in mid-1942. Thyng participated in the Dieppe Raid and other actions in the European Theater until November 1942, when his squadron was sent to North Africa as part of Operation Torch. Returning to the United States in 1944, he was given command of the 413th Fighter Group, which deployed to the Pacific Theater in 1945. The group, based in Ie Shima, flew strafing and bombing missions against Japanese forces in Japan, Korea, and China. Thyng remained in the military after the end of World War II and served in a number of command positions with various air units and at NORAD (North American Air Defense Command). He commanded the 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing during the Korean War and also flew several combat missions during the Vietnam War. Thyng retired as a brigadier general in 1966 and passed away in 1983.


This recording is presented in its original, unedited form. Please note that some interviews in this collection may contain adult language, racial slurs, and/or graphic descriptions of wartime violence.