Hill, James Erskine, Gen

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1943-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 365th Fighter Group
Service Years
1942 - 1979
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Hill, James Erskine, Gen USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Last Address
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Date of Passing
May 20, 1999
Location of Interment
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Missileman (Master) Headquarters Air Force Air Force Commander Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966)

Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, American Fighter Aces Association

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He destroyed 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat in WWII and 1 more in Korea.

Synopsis of his DSC citation:

Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major (Air Corps) James E. Hill, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt of the 388th Fighter Squadron, 365th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in action against enemy forces on 18 April 1945. Major Hill's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Air Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 134 (1945)

Action Date: 18-Apr-45

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Major

Company: 388th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 365th Fighter Group

Division: 9th Air Force

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 Unit Assignments
US Air Force365th Fighter Group
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 388th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 365th Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1950-1951 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
Oklahoma State UniversityUniversity of OklahomaRoyal Air Force College Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
  1938-1941, Oklahoma State University
  1938-1941, University of Oklahoma
  1953-1954, Royal Air Force College
  1963-1964, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-84 Thunderjet  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  
T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  T-28 Trojan  B-57 Canberra  F-102 Delta Dagger  
T-37 Tweet  
  1943-1945, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1946-1947, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1947-1948, F-84 Thunderjet
  1947-1951, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1949-1952, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1950-1952, T-28 Trojan
  1954-1960, F-84 Thunderjet
  1964-1966, B-57 Canberra
  1964-1966, F-102 Delta Dagger
  1966-1967, T-37 Tweet
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