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Dear Hellbird: Is this your book?

Hillsboro man wants to find owner of WWII memory book


by: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - This Hellbird War Book from WWII is in good condition after being found sitting in the middle of David Hill Road. The Hillsboro Tribune is looking for the owner.Ernest Hughes needs your help.

A year or so ago, his nephew found a World War II-era “Hellbird War Book” lying in the middle of David Hill Road.

The memory book is a photo album and history of the U.S. Army’s “Hellbirds,” the 462nd Bombardment Group associated with development and debut of the B-29 Superfortress bomber, considered at the time the most powerful combat weapon of the American armed forces.

Hughes said the book was in good condition, sitting “right in the middle of the road.” He went through the book and looked for the names of men from Oregon and Washington and “even made a few phone calls,” to no avail.

The book lists roughly a dozen names of Oregonians who served as Hellbirds, but none from Washington County.

“I’m sure somebody would like to have that book back,” Hughes said.

Call the News-Times for more information, 503-357-3181.