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Noggin [In Memoriam - May 30, 2005]

Noggin is the captain in the top row, left, along with his crew.

Harlin "Noggin" Neuman joined the Army Air Forces in 1942 and became a B-17 pilot at the early age of 19. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Ribbon, European African Middle East Ribbon with five bronze stars and the Presidential Unit Citation. Harlin is included in the book, Heroes of the 483rd.

Shortly after 10 intensive weeks of training, Harlin's group was assigned to the 483rd and began flying combat missions.

Following the war Noggin continued in aviation. He spent countless hours of personal pleasure flying and became a flight instructor at the Outagamie County Airport and also instructed at Oshkosh along with flying charter.

We don't have all the facts as we would like, but Noggin stopped flying for many years while in business until after his retirement. In 1992 he bought a Cherokee 160 and began flying out of 68C once again until his health declined in 2003. He became a member of the Grand Army Home in King, WI until he passed away on May 30, 2005; fitting that a war hero died on Memorial Day.

To the very end his passion was love of flight!

When once you have tasted flight you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Noggin & Cherokee

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