McKennon, Pierce Winningham, Maj

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1946-1947, USAAF Flying Training Command
Service Years
1942 - 1947
Major

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Home State
Arkansas
Arkansas
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Clarksville, Arkansas
Last Address
Randolph Field, San Antonio, Texas

Date of Passing
Jun 18, 1947
 
Location of Interment
Forest Park Cemetery - Fort Smith, Arkansas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

AAFTTC Instructor


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal


 Military Association Memberships
In the Line of DutyAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2015, In the Line of Duty
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
In WWII he was credited with 12 victories in aerial combat plus 9.68 destroyed on the ground.
He was shot down by flak Aug 28, 1944 in France and bailed out safely. With the help of the French resistance, he evaded and returned to his unit Sep 24, 1944. He was shot down again while attacking ground targets near Berlin Mar 8, 1945. His wingman, Lt. George Green, landed in a nearby field to pick him up. They disposed of their parachutes to make room, and he flew back to Debden sitting on Green's lap. During a mission on Apr 16, 1945, he was once again hit by flak and wounded. He and a student pilot were killed when their plane crashed near San Antonio, TX.
 
   
Other Comments:
Sources:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybrook100/1869983924/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierce_McKennon
http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=2811
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/mckennonpwweba.pdf
http://www.arkansasties.com/People/McKennonPierce.htm
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=45819270
http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_004.php
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/gallery.php?Group=4
http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/173272
   
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 Unit Assignments
Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)Royal Air Force (RAF)Air Force Bases/ Installations
335th Fighter Squadron  - Chiefs4th Fighter Group368th Fighter GroupUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1941-1941, Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)
  1941-1941, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1941-1942, Royal Air Force (RAF)
  1942-1943, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 335th Fighter Squadron - Chiefs
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 4th Fighter Group
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1065, 335th Fighter Squadron - Chiefs
  1945-1946, AAF MOS 1055, 368th Fighter Group
  1946-1947, USAAF Flying Training Command
 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/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 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 
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  1937-1938, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
 My Aircraft/Missiles
Supermarine Spitfire  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  AT-6 Texan  
  1943-1943, Supermarine Spitfire
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang4
  1947-1947, AT-6 Texan
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