Gone West: Flying Tiger David Lee 'Tex' Hill | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 06.22.17

Airborne 06.26.17

Airborne 06.27.17

Airborne 06.28.17

Airborne 06.22.17

Airborne 06.23.17

Airborne-Unmanned 06.27.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 06.22.17

Airborne 06.26.17

Airborne 06.27.17

Airborne 06.28.17

Airborne 06.22.17

Airborne 06.23.17

Airborne-Unmanned 06.27.17

XPONENTIAL Innovation Preview -- www.allthingsunmanned.com

Fri, Oct 12, 2007

Gone West: Flying Tiger David Lee 'Tex' Hill

Storied WWII Pilot Was 92

Aero-News has learned renowned World War II fighter pilot David Lee "Tex" Hill passed away Thursday at his home near San Antonio, TX. He was 92... and lived his life to the fullest up to the end, according to friend Tibaut Bowman.

"He was still alert and fabulous just up until when he died," Bowman, who described himself as one of Hill's "hunting buddies, flying buddies and drinking buddies," told the Houston Chronicle.

Hill graduated as a naval aviator in 1939... and soon joined the battle brewing overseas. He joined the American Volunteer Group "Flying Tigers" in China in 1941, flying Curtiss P-40 Warhawks.

Hill's accomplishments in the AVG were forever immortalized in the 1942 film, "The Flying Tigers" -- with John Wayne playing him on the silver screen. After dissolution of the Flying Tigers in 1942, Hill was one of only five Flying Tigers to join its USAAF successor, the 23rd Fighter Group. He later rose to command the Group, as a major in the US Army Air Corps.

Throughout the war, he racked up 18 1/4 confirmed enemy kills. Bowman told the Chronicle the "1/4" was due to Hill's involvement in a shoot-down with three other planes; each pilot got credit for one-quarter of the downed plane.

Hill emerged from the war a hero, with numerous medals -- including a Silver Star, Legion of Merit, the British Flying Cross, and six Chinese combat medals.

The pilot also earned the Distinguished Flying Cross... in 2002, 59 years after a dogfight over enemy territory in China. A US Air Force panel found Hill had been denied the medal at the time, due to a difference in opinion between two Army generals and Hill's boss, Brig. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault.

Hill flew over 150 combat sorties. After the war, he was among the pilots who tested America's first jet aircraft. He later joined the Air National Guard... where he became the youngest brigadier general in the history of the Texas Air National Guard.

"Tex Hill was a genuine American hero and a Texan of the highest caliber," Texas Governor Rick Perry said Thursday. "Whether he was flying from the decks of a carrier as a naval aviator, fighting with the legendary Flying Tigers of the American Volunteer Group, winning a Distinguished Service Cross, or commanding the first jet unit in the Army Air Forces, he always led from the front."

Bowman, Hill's longtime friend, gave the storied aviator one of the highest compliments imaginable.

"I can say this probably on behalf of 50 people, except for my own dad who is my personal hero, 'Tex' Hill was the biggest hero I ever had," he said. "Unquestioning integrity and loyalty, purpose, determination, compassion."

Hill is expected to be buried next week, at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

FMI: www.texhill.com, www.flyingtigersavg.com

Advertisement

More News

ANN's 2017 AirVenture Innovation Preview is Going To Be A Stunner!

Early Confirmations Show An Amazing Assortment of Exciting New Products and Technologies! It may be the most impressive line-up of new technology to ever be featured in our Innovat>[...]

Airborne 06.27.17: SpaceX Doubles!, Sean Tucker Retirement, FA Changes

Also: Shoreham Update, Aero-Calendar, AUVSI, Fighter Pilots, André Borschberg, Airport Crimes, Drone Conference SpaceX, in the midst of a greatly accelerated launch pace, pu>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 06.27.17: AUVSI On Senate Bill, Intel Olympics, NIGHTWARDEN

Also: DRL Winner $$, Kespry Enters Insurance Sector, Drone Sim Market, Automated Vehicles Symposium Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI, issued a statement on the unmanned airc>[...]

AMA Drone Report 06.22.17: FAA Reauthorization, Rotor Riot Int'l, DRL on ESPN

Also: Drones at Oshkosh!, Drone Regulatory Effort, AMA Drone Report-Help Wanted, Aero-TV: MultiGP Drone Racing The House of Representatives has published initial language to reauth>[...]

U.S. Rocketry Students Impress At Internationals, Win Gold

Students From Festus, MO Become Third Consecutive U.S. Team To Take Top Spot The 10-student team from Festus High School in Festus, MO bested the world's best rocketry teams and to>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC