Kinnard, Claiborne Holmes, IV, Col

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1953-1966, Tennessee Air National Guard
Service Years
1938 - 1966
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Contact Info
Home Town
Franklin, Tennessee
Last Address
Franklin, Tennessee

Date of Passing
Sep 18, 1966
Location of Interment
Mount Hope Cemetery - Franklin, Tennessee
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Commander WW II Honorable Discharge Pin AAFTTC Instructor

 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American Fighter Aces AssociationIn the Line of DutyAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2015, American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, In the Line of Duty
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was credited with destroying 8 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 1 damaged and 17 more destroyed on the ground.
He died of a brain tumor while on active duty.

His DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps) Claiborne H. Kinnard, Jr. (ASN: 0-383723), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane assigned to Headquarters, 355th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 7 July 1944, while leading his Group in the escort of heavy bombers at Halle, Germany. Circling the target area, Colonel Kinnard observed 20 enemy airplanes attacking the bomber formation. Approaching to intercept them Colonel Kinnard discovered he had become separated from his Group and was leading a flight of only three airplanes. Despite the odds against him he immediately attacked, destroying one enemy fighter and dispersing the entire formation. In the encounter Colonel Kinnard's wing man was lost, and, at this moment, 30 enemy airplanes which had been acting as top cover launched their attack. Colonel Kinnard, in his firm resolve to protect the bomber formation, launched a fearless and daring attack on the enemy, notwithstanding their numerical superiority. So skillful and vicious was his attack that he was able to destroy two more of the enemy and protect his wing man while the latter destroyed another. The outstanding heroism and devotion to duty displayed by Colonel Kinnard on this occasion reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 73 (1944)

Action Date: July 7, 1944

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Headquarters

Regiment: 355th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolAir Force Bases/ InstallationsTraining Units360th Fighter Squadron
356th Fighter Group354th Fighter Squadron  - Bulldogs355th Fighter Group4th Fighter Group
US Air ForceTennessee Air National Guard
  1938-1939, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1939-1940, AAF MOS 770, Army Air Forces Central Instructors School (CIS)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 770, 74th Flying Training Wing (Staff)
  1943-1943, 360th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 356th Fighter Group
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1065, 354th Fighter Squadron - Bulldogs
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 355th Fighter Group
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 2161, 355th Fighter Group
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1065, 4th Fighter Group
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 1065, 355th Fighter Group
  1945-1953, Air Force Reserve Command
  1953-1966, Tennessee Air National Guard
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 Colleges Attended 
Vanderbilt University
  1930-1934, Vanderbilt University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)1
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang7
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