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Frank Ackerman Hill


Hill taught himself to fly gliders as early as 1937. Began his career in 1939 in the Army Air Corps. He became a flight commander [308FS] and in May-42 went to England where the 31st Fighter Group was flying Spitfires. Hill participated in invasions over Dieppe, France, North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He became first ace of the 31st fighter group in 1943 and then the group's commander. He flew 166 combat missions. Hill commanded various fighter groups in France, Germany, Greenland and New York, before being named Director of operations at Air Defense Command in Colorado Springs. In 1992 Col Hill was inducted into the New Jersey Aviation hall of fame.

Awards: SS, DFC, LOM (2 OLC), AM (19 OLC), OCC, WWII Victory, EAME (4 Bronze star), American defense and campaign, National defense, Commendation medal, Longevity Service Award (6 OLC).


Units served with

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 308th Fighter Squadron
  • 309th Fighter Squadron


  • ER187 'Lindy and Frank'

    Castle Bromwich built, 9MU 27-Aug-42, 82MU 19-Sep-42, SS622 17-Oct-42, Gibraltar1-Nov-42, NW Africa 28-Feb-43, Assigned to 309FS, 31FG, 8AF USAAF May-43. Personal aircraft of Capt Frank Hill.

Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • Kenley

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units; USAAF using Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations between British and US forces. During 1943 RAF aircraft,, continued to escort...

  • San Severo

    Military site : airfield

  • Castel Volturno

    Military site : airfield

  • Tarquinia

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Nyack, NY 10960, USA 20 March 1920

Son of Frederick Leveritt and Ruth Margaret [Ackerman] Hill.

Lived in Montgomery County, NY, USA 1941
Enlisted Albany, NY, USA 2 May 1941
Buried Pompton Plains, Pequannock Township, NJ 07444, USA January 2012

Pompton Plains Reformed Church Cemetery
Pompton Plains
Morris County
New Jersey, USA

Died Birnamwood, WI 54414, USA 5 January 2012


Date Contributor Update
04 March 2017 07:20:35 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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