Hale was inducted in the Army Air Corp in 1942, assigned to aircraft supply and later served as aircraft mechanic - a job he loved and in which he excelled. He arrived in Alaska in March 1943 and was on shore as the Battle of Attu raged in the hills. In total, he served for more than two years in the Aleutians where he observed, first-hand, the dangers of flight, having to rebuild wrecked aircraft from pieces and parts.
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Did You Know?
A PBY plane piloted by Lt. Jean Cusick was sent from Dutch Harbor, on June 3, 1942, to locate Japanese forces in the Pacific. He was shot down by enemy fighters en route. Five men out of the seven-man crew survived the crash and got into life rafts. Cusick and his enlisted pilot died on the rafts from their wounds. The other three were captured by the Japanese, and became the first prisoners of war in the Aleutian Campaign.