Edmund Walton Hill Edit Profile
Born in New London, Connecticut, Hill attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, then was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army's infantry on August 9, 1917, and promoted to first lieutenant on the same day.
After serving in France during World War I, he was transferred to the Air Service on February 25, 1922. He was a free and captive balloon pilot, flew dirigible airships and was an airplane pilot. In 1924, he was the pilot of the first airship to launch and pick up an airplane while in flight, at Wilbur Wright Field.
His 1928 balloon licence (number 25. FAI number 930) was one of very few signed by Orville Wright, in his capacity as Chairman of the National Aeronautic Association's Contest Committee. He was commander of Bolling Field in Washington DC from 1939-1941, then of U.S. Air Forces in Northern Ireland, and the Eighth Air Force Composite Command during World War II. He was in charge of air operations at the Yalta and Potsdam Conferences.
In 1944, he was U.S. Army Air Force commanding officer in charge of Post Hostilities planning for Europe. The same year, he became head of the Air Section of the United States mission to Moscow, then served as commanding general, U.S. Air Force in the U.S.S.R. from December 1944 until May 1945. He coordinated the Inter-American Defense Board before his retirement on November 1, 1946.
Member Kappa Sigma.
Married Mary Elizabeth Wilson, September 1, 1926. Married second, Mildred Cary Eaton, October 21, 1962.
Commander of the Order of the British Empire; Bronze Star Medal; legionnaire of Legion of Merit; Air Medal; Legion of Honour; Legion of Merit Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Air Medal; awarded Legion; Croix de GuerreThe Legion of Merit (LOM) is a military award o The Legion of Merit (LOM) is a military award of the United States Armed Forces that is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.