Michael Kowal joined the 8th Air Force after obtaining his private pilot's license in Teterboro, NJ. He was assigned to fly B-17 aircraft with the 94th Bomb Group, 333rd Squadron, Bury St Edmunds, England. This group was under the command of Medal of Honor recipient General Frederick Castle.
"Hal" completed 25 missions early in the war while proving daylight bombing was possible. These missions were completed prior to any fighter air cover over Germany. After completing his 25 missions he was assigned to command the Poltava Air Base in the Ukraine. Their mission was to refuel B-17 aircraft that were flying deeper into German air space and send them back.
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Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...