Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 405


Harry B. Winger was born in August 1924 in Pulaski, Pennsylvania and grew up there on a farm. He joined the Army Air Corps at the age of seventeen and served as a pilot during World War II. He was shot down and remained a prisoner of war (POW) for eleven months and 23 days, being released when the war ended. He then used his skills and flew for MATS (Military Air Transport Service) for fourteen years. Winger began flying for the Maine Aviation Corporation in 1966, which is when he met Senator Muskie. He flew Senator Muskie around New England for several years, especially during campaigns.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background; desire to be a pilot; Army Air Corps; World War II; U.S. Senate campaign and Maine; 1968 vice presidential campaign; and airplane trips with Senator Muskie.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.