Novotny, George Peter, 1st Lt

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First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
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Primary Unit
1944-1945, USAAF Flying Training Command
Service Years
1942 - 1945
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Last Address
Houghton Lake, MI

Date of Passing
Jan 07, 2018
Location of Interment
Great Lakes National Cemetery - Holly, Michigan
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  1975, American Fighter Aces Association
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Last Known Activity

George Novotny is a WWII Ace with 8 aerial victories in Europe. He flew the P-40 Warhawk, the P-47 Thunderbolt and the P-51 Mustang. After his tour in Europe he came back to the states as an instructor pilot and trained the Free French Air Force pilots at Oscoda AAF (later Wurtsmith AFB) in Oscoda, MI until WWII ended in 1945.

George had told me at the Wurtsmith Reunion in 2007 that he named his P-47 ( Ruthless Ruthie ) after his wife Ruth, but if anything they are a great couple with a great sense of humor.

George and I also reminisced about his time at Wurtsmith. I had asked him if he could recognize any of the buildings that were near the flight line and he said that there were only 2 that looked familiar to him.

I have one of George's baseball cards it has his stats on the back of the card and he mentions that his Crew Chief was Richard Ebert.

George worked for Capital Airlines in the Detroit area after the war. He no longer flew but worked in the management part of the airline business.

George is a member of The American Fighter Aces Association, The P-47 Thunderbolt Pilot's Association and The Checkertail Clan. You can see his name listed in The Book of Aces.

It was an honor for me to talk with George Novotny. We are hoping that George and his family will return to the 2009 Wurtsmith Reunion.Let me know if you would like to get in touch with George and I will give you his contact information.

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(News story) George Peter Novotny, a decorated war hero who was officially credited for shooting down eight enemy planes in World War II, died Jan. 7 at a senior living facility in Florida. He was 97.

The family would not disclose the cause of death.

A veteran of World War II, the Toledo native enlisted in the United State Army Air Corps, the aerial warfare service of the United States between 1926 and 1941, soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor. After completing his flight training, Mr. Novotny spent 13 months in North Africa and Italy where he flew 57 combat missions.

"He is a true American war hero," said his son, George Novotny, Jr.

On January 30, 1944, Mr. Novotny and his fighter group shot down 37 enemy aircraft. For all of his achievements, Mr. Novotny received numerous awards, including a Distinguished Flying Cross and Congressional gold medal.

When Mr. Novotny returned to the United States, he was assigned to Oscoda Army Airfield in Michigan, where he was a flight instructor and taught the Free French Air Force fighter pilots combat techniques in P-47 aircraft until the war ended in 1945.

Born Feb. 22, 1920, in Toledo to Frank and Julia Novotny, he graduated from Waite High School in 1939 before enrolling at the now defunct De Sales College of Toledo. He played football for both his high school and college. His collegiate career ended when he chose to join the military.

Throughout his time in the military, his plane number was always 27, which was the number he wore while playing football at Waite High and De Sales College.

After he left the military, Mr. Novotny worked for Capital Airlines and was then hired to work with Trans World Airlines in ground operations at what was then called the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. He retired from the airlines in 1982.

At home, Mr. Novotny was a loving father and husband to his four kids and Ruth, his wife of 65 years, his son said.

During the war he named his plane "Ruthless Ruthie" after his wife. In a letter to his fiancee he wrote, "You are not with me, so I am Ruth-less, and when I am in combat, I am Ruthless!"

Mr. Novotny and his wife enjoyed sitting in their living room and watching the wildlife in the backyard of their home in northern Michigan. Mr. Novotny was an avid stamp collector and maintained a stamp collection that took up an entire book shelf, his son said.

He frequently shared his war stories with his children, his son, George Novotny, Jr., said. He would simulate flying an airplane with his hands, illustrating how he shot people down, George Novotny, Jr., said.

Surviving are his sons, George Novotny, Jr., Lawrence, and Thomas; daughter, Mary Hughes; sister, Margaret Silberg; eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday at Voran Funeral Home in Allen Park, Mich. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Allen Park, Mich.

The family suggests tributes to the American Fighter Aces Association, Museum of Flight, or Compassionate Care Hospice, The Villages, Fla.

This is a news story by Javonte Anderson. Contact him at, 419-724-6065, or on Twitter @JavonteA.
Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 14, 2018
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