Kilkowski, Victor F. -
Baltimore - On Oct. 23, Brigadier General Victor F. Kilkowski passed away from cancer. Born Oct. 9, 1923, the Highlandtown native graduated from Patterson Park High School in 1941 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942. He was a fighter pilot stateside and then ordered to the Pacific in March 1945, deployed to the island of Iwo Jima. He flew a P-51D Mustang, named “Little Maggie” after his wife, for bomber raids against the Japanese.
He was released from active duty in 1946 as a first lieutenant and joined the 104th Fighter Squadron for the Maryland Air National Guard, being promoted to Operations Officer and Captain in 1951. In 1956, he was promoted Commander of the 135th Airlift Group as well as Base Commander. He remained Commander as the units moved to Martin airfield in 1957 and played a key role in the planning and construction of that base. He became a Brigadier General in October 1965 before retiring from the Guard on March 12, 1980. He was then appointed Assistant Adjutant General for Air, a post he held until October 1983. The Headquarters building of the Maryland Air National Guard was dedicated to General Kilkowski in 1993.
He flew 22 different aircraft (both jet and conventional) for over 5,700 hours and earned the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, American Campaign Medal, two Battle Stars, a WWII Victory Medal and an American Defense Medal.
General Kilkowski was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Marie. He is survived by children James M. Kilkowski, Robert N. Kilkowski and wife Rosanne, Susan Weininger and husband Arthur and Kim K. Solberg and husband Mark and seven grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic church, 615 Congress Ave. in Havre de Grace, on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 11:30 a.m.