William J. "Bill" Hosmer

Preferred Name: Bill
Nickname/Call Sign: Hoz
Date of Birth: October 17, 1930
Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel, 06
Hometown: Dunseith, ND

William J. “Bill” Hosmer was raised in North Dakota, enlisted in the Army and attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.

He was commissioned in the Air Force in 1953.  He flew the F-86, F-100, F-105, and A-7 aircraft with combat time in Huns and Thuds.

He was commander of a Hun squadron in Vietnam, after having flown wartime missions in the Thud while TDY from Kadena AB, Okinawa.

A staff assignment to HQ TAC was completed between the two combat tours.

He was DO of the 48th TFW at RAF Lakenheath, U.K. before attending Air War College, then served as Vice Commander of the 355th TFW at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, retiring as Wing Commander in 1976.

After retiring, he flew Citations as a demonstration pilot for Cessna for 12 years, then flew for a Japanese businessman until the Japanese stock market collapse in 1990.

He then retired for good.

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