Retired pilot leads aviator discussionPublished 10:56pm Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Dan Hamill presents “Southwest Michigan’s ace aviators” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church’s book/movie discussion at the church on Leach Road, Dowagiac.
Hamill, a retired American Airlines 777 captain, will talk about Capt. Iven Kincheloe, who grew up in Penn Township, went to high school in Dowagiac, became an ace during Korea and later died while a test pilot for rocket airplanes; Lt. Gen. Donavan Smith, a Niles High School graduate who provided fighter escort support for heavy bombers during World War II and later served as chief adviser to the South Vietnam Air Force; and Lt. Kenneth Porter, who grew up in Dowagiac, attended the University of Michigan in engineering, took flight training with the Canadian Air Corps and became a World War I ace with five reported kills during air-to-air dog fights.
Hamill, also a retired lieutenant colonel of the Air Force Reserve, nominated Porter and Smith for membership in the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame and Kincheloe for the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
Refreshments will be served.