Military Bios

Major General Howard G. Bunker:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Died Feb. 24, 1994.
Howard Graham Bunker was born in South Bend, Ind., in 1905. After attending the University of Wisconsin for a year, he entered the U.S. Military Academy, graduated June 9,1928, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps.
Entering Primary Flying School at Brooks Field, Texas, General Bunker graduated from Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas, in October 1929 and was transferred to the Air Corps. For 11 years he served at several installations in various capacities, and graduated from the Air Corps Technical School at Chanute Field, Ill., in 1933; Air Corps Engineering School at Wright Field, Ohio, in 1936; and the Air Corps Tactical School at Maxwell Field, Ala., in 1939. In January 1942 he was appointed chief of flight research at Wright Field, Ohio.
Joining the U.S. Strategic Air Forces in Europe in February 1943, General Bunker was chief of the Air Technical Section, and a year later was appointed director of technical services. Returning to the United States in February 1945, the following month he was named chief of the Aircraft Project Branch at Air Corps headquarters. That May he was appointed deputy chief of the Materiel Division, and two months later he became deputy chief of the Research and Engineering Division at Air Corps headquarters.
Moving to Kirtland Field, N.M., in April 1947, General Bunker was commanding officer of the field. In September 1949 he was named chief of the field office for Atomic Energy there, assuming command of the Special Weapons Command at Kirtland in December 1949.
Returning to Air Force headquarters the following October, General Bunker was deputy to the assistant deputy chief of staff, operations for atomic energy a year later. On Nov. 15, 1954, he was appointed director of readiness and materiel inspection in the Office of the Inspector General at Air Force headquarters, with duty station at Norton Air Force Base, San Bernardino, Calif. On March 1, 1955, he was named deputy inspector general there; being redesignated deputy inspector general for inspection that May 9th.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, and the Order of the British Empire. He is rated a command pilot, combat observer and aircraft observer.


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