Hale, Willis Henry, Maj Gen

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1060-Bombardment Unit Commander
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 2, VII Bomber Command
Service Years
1917 - 1952
Officer Collar Insignia
Major General

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Contact Info
Home Town
Pittsburg, Kansas
Last Address
Sonoma, California

Date of Passing
Mar 24, 1961
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force Commander Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The location of his remains is unknown.

His Navy Cross citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Major General Willis H. Hale (ASN: 19A), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism and courageous devotion to duty as Commanding General of the SEVENTH Air Force, U.S. Army Air Forces, while leading a heavy Bombardment Squadron during attacks against strongly held enemy bases on Nauru Island and the Tarawa Island during the period 20 to 23 April 1943. Participating in a daring flight over enemy-controlled territory, Major General Hale led his squadron in a brilliantly executed bombing attack upon securely fortified enemy positions and succeeded in inflicting severe damage upon Japanese personnel and material. His forceful and inspiring leadership throughout a vital and hazardous mission, and his superior airmanship combined with the gallant fighting spirit of his command, reflect great credit upon the United States Armed Service.

Action Date: April 20 - 23, 1943

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Major General

Company: Commanding General

Division: 7th Air Force

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army (USA)20th Bombardment Squadron2nd Bombardment GroupUnited States Army Air Service
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)2nd Bombardment Group, HeavyAir Force Bases/ Installations16th Pursuit Group, Interceptor
US Air Force
  1917-1924, US Army (USA)
  1923-1927, AAF MOS 1060, 20th Bombardment Squadron
  1923-1927, 2nd Bombardment Group
  1924-1926, United States Army Air Service
  1926-1941, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1934-1936, AAF MOS 1060, 2nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1937-1939, AAF MOS 1065, 6th Air Force
  1938-1939, AAF MOS 1065, 16th Pursuit Group, Interceptor
  1942-1942, 2, VII Bomber Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)
  1941-1945 World War II
  1941-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Kansas State UniversityCommand and General Staff CollegeArmy War College
  1910-1913, Kansas State University
  1927-1928, Air Corps Tactical School
  1932-1934, Command and General Staff College
  1936-1937, Army War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
DH-4 Bomber  P-36 Hawk  B-17 Flying Fortress  B-18 Bolo  
B-24 Liberator  B-25 Mitchell  B-29 Superfortress  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1923-1927, DH-4 Bomber
  1938-1939, P-36 Hawk
  1941-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1942-1942, B-18 Bolo
  1942-1945, B-24 Liberator
  1942-1945, B-25 Mitchell
  1944-1945, B-29 Superfortress
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
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