Retired Air Force Col. Bernard J. Finan Jr., 60, a World War II veteran and former command pilot with the Strategic Air Command who later worked for the Federal Aviation Administration, died Sunday of cancer at Walter Reed Army Hospital.
Col. Finan served in the Army Air Force's Ferry Command in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II. He flew supplies over the "hump" from India to Allied forces in China.
Following the war he was air attache in our embassy in Belgium for a time in the late 1940s. was at the Pentagon from 1950 to 1951, then served as a command pilot in the Strategic Air Command.
He was a SAC vice wing commander at bases in this country and in Canada during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Col. Finan worked as an operations and plans officer at the Pentagon for a year before retiring from active duty in 1964.
He later worked as an international liaison officer for the Federal Aviation Administration for several years before retiring for a second time in the mid 1970s.
His medals include the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.
Col. Finan is survived by his wife, Agnes, of the home in Falls Church; four sons, Air Force Lt. Col. John L., of Colorado., Bernard J. III, of Plantation, Fla., Peter W., of Atlanta, and William F., of McLean, and six grandchildren.