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Encyclopedia > Mihiel Gilormini
Mihiel Gilormini
August 3, 1918January 29, 1988

Brigadier-General Mihiel "Mike" Gilormini
Nickname "Mike"
Place of birth Flag of Puerto Rico Yauco, Puerto Rico
Place of death San Juan, Puerto Rico
Allegiance United States (also British Commonwealth)
Service/branch Royal Canadian Air Force(1941),
Royal Air Force(1941 - 1942)
United States Army Air Corps(1942 - 1947),
United States Air Force(1947 - 1975)
Years of service 1941 - 1975
Rank Brigadier General
Commands 198th Tactical Fighter Squadron,
Puerto Rico Air National Guard
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Silver Star Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross(5 times)
Purple Heart Medal
Air Medal with four clusters

Brigadier-General Mihiel "Mike" Gilormini (August 3, 1918January 29, 1988) born in Yauco, Puerto Rico, was a United States Air Force officer who served in the Royal Air Force and in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He was the recipient of the Silver Star Medal, the Air Medal with four clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross 5 times. He was also the founder of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard. August 3 is the 215th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (216th in leap years), with 150 days remaining. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Puerto_Rico. ... Yauco is a city (ciudad) in southwestern Puerto Rico bounded on the west by the municipalities of Sabana Grande and Guánica, on the north by Maricao, on the east by Guayanilla, and on the south, at the end of a narrow strip of territory, by the Caribbean Sea. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Commonwealth of Nations (CN), usually known as The Commonwealth, is a voluntary association of 53 independent sovereign states all of which are former colonies of the United Kingdom, except for Mozambique and the United Kingdom itself. ... The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) was the air force of Canada from 1924 until 1968 when the three branches of the Canadian military were merged into the Canadian Forces. ... The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Silver Star is also a passenger rail line run by Amtrak as part of their Silver Service and Palmetto service. ... The Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C.) is a decoration for courage shown in air combat. ... The Purple Heart is a U.S. military decoration awarded in the name of the President of the United States to those who have been wounded or killed while serving on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military. ... The Air Medal is a military decoration of the United States which was established by Executive Order 9158, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, on May 11, 1942. ... August 3 is the 215th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (216th in leap years), with 150 days remaining. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Yauco is a city (ciudad) in southwestern Puerto Rico bounded on the west by the municipalities of Sabana Grande and Guánica, on the north by Maricao, on the east by Guayanilla, and on the south, at the end of a narrow strip of territory, by the Caribbean Sea. ... The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Silver Star is also a passenger rail line run by Amtrak as part of their Silver Service and Palmetto service. ... The Air Medal is a military decoration of the United States which was established by Executive Order 9158, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, on May 11, 1942. ... The Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C.) is a decoration for courage shown in air combat. ... Aerial view of Muñiz ANG Base The Puerto Rico Air National Guard is the component of the United States Air National Guard operating within Puerto Rico. ...

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Early years

Gilormini (born Mihiel Gilormini Pacheco) is of Corsican descent and was raised in Yauco, which is located in the southwestern region of the island. In the early 1940s, he moved to San Diego, California where he took private flying lessons earning his pilot's license in 1941. On November 23, 1941, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force with the rank of sergeant /Pilot.[1] (Territorial collectivity flag) (Territorial collectivity logo) Location Administration Capital Ajaccio President of the Executive Council Ange Santini (UMP) (since 2004) Departments Corse-du-Sud Haute-Corse Arrondissements 5 Cantons 52 Communes 360 Statistics Land area1 8,680 km² Population (Ranked 25th)  - January 1, 2006 est. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Nickname: Americas Finest City Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates: Country United States State California County San Diego Founded July 16, 1769 Incorporated March 27, 1850 Government  - Mayor Jerry Sanders  - City Attorney Michael Aguirre  - City Council Scott Peters Kevin Faulconer Toni Atkins Tony Young Brian Maienschein... November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 38 days remaining. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) was the air force of Canada from 1924 until 1968 when the three branches of the Canadian military were merged into the Canadian Forces. ...


World War II

Upon the outbreak of World War II, Gilormini offered his services to the Royal Air Force and served with them until November 30, 1942, when he joined the United States Army Air Corps with the rank of second lieutenant. In October 1942, he was assigned to the 346th Fighter Squadron and flew the P-39 interceptor. In March 1943, he was transferred to the 345th Fighter Squadron of the 350th Fighter Group in North Africa and Italy, to replace pilot losses. He stayed with the 345th "Devil Hawks" and flew a P-47 Thunderbolt until February 1945. During the war he was promoted to captain and flew a total of 200 combat missions over England, North Africa, Corsica and Italy. On May 19, 1943, Gilormini was involved in an aircraft accident when his P-39 went down over Maison Blanche, Algiers.[2][3] The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... November 30 is the 334th day (335th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 31 days remaining. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Second Lieutenant is the lowest commissioned rank in many armed forces. ... The Bell P-39 Airacobra was one of the principal fighter aircraft in service with American forces at the start of World War II. At first for a short time designated XP-45, it had just a single-speed, single-stage supercharger for its engine, instead of an exhaust-driven...  Northern Africa (UN subregion)  geographic, including above North Africa or Northern Africa is the northernmost region of the African continent, generally divided politically from Sub-Saharan Africa. ... The American Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, also known as Jug, was the largest single-engined fighter of its day. ... Captain is a nautical term, an organizational title, and a rank in various uniformed organizations. ... // History Charles Moylan worked on several of Avalon Hills computer projects, including Flight Commander 2, Achtung Spitfire, and Over the Reich. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... (Territorial collectivity flag) (Territorial collectivity logo) Location Administration Capital Ajaccio President of the Executive Council Ange Santini (UMP) (since 2004) Departments Corse-du-Sud Haute-Corse Arrondissements 5 Cantons 52 Communes 360 Statistics Land area1 8,680 km² Population (Ranked 25th)  - January 1, 2006 est. ... May 19 is the 139th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (140th in leap years). ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... The Bell P-39 Airacobra was one of the principal fighter aircraft in service with American forces at the start of World War II. At first for a short time designated XP-45, it had just a single-speed, single-stage supercharger for its engine, instead of an exhaust-driven... “Alger” redirects here. ...


In an interview, Colonel Earl Miller, a former buddy and roommate of Gilormini, recalled the following:

"Gilormini was the commander of "A" Flight while I was commander of "C" Flight. We sometimes flew together. In fact, our last combat mission was attacking the airfield at Milano. I led the attack. The flak was real heavy. The 88 shells were bursting all around and also hitting a high bank (we were flying real low) to my right. Mike said, "Dutch, you better bail out, you are on fire!" Followed immediately with, "Don't bail out, it's another guy." Unfortunately, my wingman crashed and was killed." This is about the Italian city of Milan. ... FLAK was a punk rock side project of members of the band Machinae Supremacy in 2001. ... German 88 mm guns were used in anti-aircraft and anti-tank roles. ...

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Gilormini and Miller flew their last flight in Italy together giving air cover for General George C. Marshall's visit to their group at Pisa. They both returned to the United States on the same ship. Gilormini was awarded a Silver Star Medal and five Distinguished Flying Crosses. The Distinguished Flying Cross is a medal awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself or herself in combat in support of operations by "heroism" or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight. George C. Marshall George Catlett Marshall (December 31, 1880–October 16, 1959), an American military leader and statesman, was born into a middle-class family in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. ... This article discusses the Italian city. ...


Post World War II

After the war he continued to serve in the Army Air Corps. In 1947, he was reassigned to the newly formed United States Air Force and named base commander to the 198th Tactical Fighter Squadron in Puerto Rico. On November 23, 1947, the Puerto Rico Air National Guard came into existence as a result of the efforts led by Lieutenant-Colonel Jose Muñiz, Colonel Alberto Nido and Colonel Mihiel Gilormini. Gilormini was promoted to brigadier-general and served as commander until his retirement in 1975. November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 38 days remaining. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Lieutenant Colonel (Lieutenant-Colonel in English from the French grades spelling) is a rank of commissioned officer in the armies and most marine corps and air forces of the world, typically ranking above a Major and below a Colonel. ... Colonel (IPA: or ) is a military rank of a commissioned officer, with the corresponding ranks existing in nearly every country in the world. ...


On January 29, 1988, Brigadier-General Mihiel "Mike" Gilormini died in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was buried with full military honors in Puerto Rico National Cemetery located in Bayamón, Puerto Rico[5] To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Awards and decorations

Among Gilormini's awards and decorations were the following:
Awards:

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References

  1. ^ A Military History of Puerto Rico by Hector Andres Negroni
  2. ^ Looking Mihiel Gilormini
  3. ^ 1943 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports
  4. ^ Memories of a Jug Driver
  5. ^ Puerto Rico National Cemetery Bayamón, Puerto Rico

See also

United States Air Force Portal

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Further reading

  • Hector Andres Negroni, Historia Militar de Puerto Rico. (A Military History of Puerto Rico.) 536 pp., Turner, 1992. ISBN 84-7844-138-7

 
 

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