Novosel, Michael J., Sr., Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
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Primary Unit
1964-1985, US Army (USA)
Service Years
1941 - 1985
Lieutenant Colonel

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Contact Info
Home Town
Etna, PA
Last Address
Washington, DC

Date of Passing
Apr 02, 2006
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 7A Lot 178-C

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 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal US Air Force Honorable Discharge (Old Style)

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Michael Novosel joined the Army Air Corps on February 7, 1941.  After completing flight training, he was assigned as a test pilot until 1945.  He was assigned to the Pacific theater as a B-29 command pilot for the duration of WW2.  He served in the Army Air Corps and then in the Air Force Reserves until 1964.  In 1964, then Lt Col Novosel wanted to make a contribution to the growing Vietnam War.  The Air Force only offered him a desk job in the states so he approached the Army who decided that with his extensive aviation experience, he would be a good candidate for flying "dustoff" medical evacuation helicopters.  Mike Novosel then resigned his commision in the USAF Reserves and was commissioned a Warrant Office in the US Army.  Warrant Officer Novosel would go on to serve two tours in Vietnam as a Dustoff pilot and would end up accumulating 2,038 hours of combat flight and 2,345 aerial missions that evacuated 5,589 wounded.  During his two tours in Vietnam, he would end up earning the Purple Heart, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Medal of Honor.  When he retired from active duty in November 1984, he was the last WW2 aviator still on active flying status in the US armed forces.
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Command Pilot Badge
Master Aviator Badge (Army)

 Unit Assignments
58th Bombardment Wing, Very Heavy462nd Bombardment Group, Very Heavy5th Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy99th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
22nd Bombardment Group, MediumAir Force Bases/ InstallationsAir Force Bases/ InstallationsUS Army (USA)
  1945-1945, 58th Bombardment Wing, Very Heavy
  1945-1945, 462nd Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
  1945-1945, 5th Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy
  1946-1947, 99th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1947-1947, 22nd Bombardment Group, Medium
  1947-1949, Eglin Air Force Base
  1951-1952, Maxwell Air Force Base
  1952-1960, Eglin Air Force Base
  1960-1964, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1964-1985, US Army (USA)
  1964-1985, US Army (USA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
AT-6 Texan  AT-11 Kansan  B-18 Bolo  B-24 Liberator  
B-26 Marauder  B-29 Superfortress  B-50 Superfortress  B-36 Peacemaker  
T-37 Tweety  H-13 Sioux  
  1941-1941, AT-6 Texan
  1942-1942, AT-11 Kansan
  1942-1942, B-18 Bolo
  1943-1943, B-24 Liberator
  1943-1943, B-26 Marauder
  1944-1950, B-29 Superfortress
  1947-1949, B-50 Superfortress
  1947-1949, B-36 Peacemaker
  1955-1956, T-37 Tweety
  1960-1964, H-13 Sioux
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