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Posted 3/10/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
Colonel Comstock
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Tally record: 5 confirmed, 1 probable and 6 damaged

Born in Fresno, Calif., on 20 December 1920, Harold Elwood "Bunny" Comstock entered Army Air Force flight training on 8 October 1941. Upon graduation at Foster Field, Texas on 2 July 1942, he was assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group at Mitchel Field, New York. The group was sent to England in December 1942 and began operations out of Kings Cliff.

Flying P-47 Thunderbolt #41-6320, Lt Comstock scored his first victory on 17 August 1943, downing an Me-109F near Ans, Belgium. He destroyed an Me-110 on 4 October over Bruhl, Germany and on 26 November shot down another 110 and damage a FW-190 and a Me-110. He was credited with a 109 probable and two damage 190s before completion of his first combat tour in early 1944.

Returning to the 56th FG later that year, he was promoted to major on 17 September and given command of the 63rd. He became an ace two days before Christmas with the destruction of a pair of FW-190s southwest of Bonn, Germany and was also credited with two more 190s damaged.

Following completion of his second combat tour, Maj. Comstock was sent back to the United States to command the 10th Fighter Squadron, 50th Fighter Group, scheduled for deployment to Le Shima, England.

Following the war Comstock commanded the 389th Fighter Bomber Squadron (F-86s) and later the 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron (F-100s) in Vietnam. He commanded a C-130 command and control unit on a second Vietnam tour. He retired as a Colonel on 1 October 1971.

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