1Lt. Carl B. Hartley, ASN O-743186

B-24 Pilot

10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 436th Bombardment Squadron

Entered Service: 27 March 42   Separated: 12 October 1945

51 Combat Missions - 460 Combat Hours

Distinguished Flying Cross w/OLC   Air Medal w/OLC   WW2 Victory Medal

Hartley Crew

Lt. Hartley, standing at left

(Image courtesy of 7th BG Historical Foundation)

Swanson Crew

Names associated with crew (In No Particular Order)

1Lt. Leonard A. Swanson (P), Lt. Carl B. Hartley (CP) (standing, second from left)
1Lt. Edward K. Weaver (N), 2Lt. Stephen S. Ziminski, SSgt. Leonard P. Schmitt (G)
Pvt. Guy E. Reynolds Jr., SSgt. Paul C. Ballinger, Jr., ? Calla
SSgt. Andrew J. Gillespie Jr. (kneeling, far right) (G)

From the family of Lt. Hartley:

Carl Brazel Hartley passed away at his home on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 after succumbing to pancreatic cancer. He was 84 years old.

He was born January 13, 1922 in Springer, NM, the son of Thomas Carl Hartley and Beulah Brazel Hartley. After graduating from high school in Capitan, NM, he entered New Mexico A&M in Las Cruces.

During World War II, he served as a B-24 pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served in the China-Burma-India Theater, as part of the 7th Bombardment Group of the 10th Air Force. He was stationed primarily in India, flying missions over Burma, Malaysia, Siam, and Indochina. After flying 50 missions, he was transferred stateside, and he finished the war as a B-29 instructor.

After the war, he finished college with a degree in Civil Engineering, and entered the construction business. He worked for the firm of Robert E. Mckee when they built the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.

Subsequent construction projects included:
A bank in Santa Fe, NM., The Mental Institution at Las Vegas, NM, The NM Correctional Facility in Santa Fe, NM.

He used to joke that he "went from the bank, to the nuthouse, to the penitentiary."

He came to Las Cruces to work for the P.R. Burn construction company. He then formed his own company, Hartley & Hust, Inc., with partner D.R. "Rusty" Hust. Their accomplishments included:
A school in Brazito NM, An addition to the Deming Library, Additions to the jail in Lordsburg

The company subcontracted steel and concrete construction on many flood control and government projects in New Mexico and Texas.

He married Joy Bohannon on July 9, 1948. They had three sons, and two granddaughters, whom he loved more than anything.

Hobbies and interests:
Hunting and fishing. Often went "deer camping" (That's when you don't bring home a deer, but still have lots of fun on the camping trip.)
Airplanes, Architecture, Engineering, Geology, Birdwatching

He was a member of:
the NMSU Alumni Association, the Scottish Rite Freemasons

He was actively involved in:
the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the 7th Bombardment Group Historical Foundation, the China-Burma-India Veterans Association, the Oral History Club


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