Fiebelkorn, Ernest Charles, Jr., Maj

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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
1950-1950, AAF MOS 1051, 51st Fighter Group
Service Years
1942 - 1950
Officer Collar Insignia
Major

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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lake Orion, Michigan
Last Address
Naha AB, Okinawa



Casualty Date
Jul 06, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Korea, South
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec: 3, Site: 4660-B

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Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal


 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Korean War FallenAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2014, Korean War Fallen
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Senior)


 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School79th Fighter Squadron20th Fighter Group77th Fighter Squadron  - Gamblers
2nd Fighter Squadron  - American Beagle Squadron52nd Fighter Group82nd Fighter Squadron4th Fighter Squadron - Fightin' Fujins
388th Fighter Wing61st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron51st Fighter Group
  1942-1943, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1944, 79th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 20th Fighter Group
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 77th Fighter Squadron - Gamblers
  1947-1948, 2nd Fighter Squadron - American Beagle Squadron
  1947-1948, 52nd Fighter Group
  1948-1949, 82nd Fighter Squadron
  1949-1950, 4th Fighter Squadron - Fightin' Fujins
  1949-1950, AAF MOS 1051, 388th Fighter Wing
  1950-1950, AAF MOS 1051, 61st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1950-1950, AAF MOS 1051, 51st Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 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)
  1944-1944 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)
  1950-1950 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
Michigan State University
  1941-1942, Michigan State University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-82 Twin Mustang  
  1943-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1950-1950, F-82 Twin Mustang
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Ernest Fiebelkorn enlisted in the reserves of the Army Air Corps on May 21, 1942, and entered the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Forces on November 8, 1942. Fiebelkorn was commissioned a 2nd Lt and awarded his pilot wings at Williams Army Air Field, Chandler, Arizona (89th Base HQ and Air Base Sq), on August 30, 1943. After completing P-38 Lightning training, he was assigned to the 79th and then the 77th Fighter Squadron of the 20th Fighter Group in the European Theater from January to December 1944. During this time he was credited with destroying 9 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 1 damaged, as well as 2 enemy aircraft on the ground while strafing enemy airfields. Capt Fiebelkorn next served at Stockton, California, Luke Field in Arizona, Lemoore and Chico, California, Paine Field in Washington, Portland, Oregon, and at Pinedale and Hamilton Field, California, from February 1945 until he left active duty on February 9, 1947. He was recalled to active duty with the U.S. Air Force on December 2, 1947, and served with the 2nd Fighter Squadron of the 52nd Fighter Group at Mitchel Field, New York, from December 1947 to December 1948. His next assignment was with the 82nd Fighter Squadron at Hamilton AFB, California, where he served from December 1948 to February 1949. Fiebelkorn then joined the 4th Fighter Squadron of the 51st Fighter Group at Naha Air Base, Japan, in April 1949, where he flew the F-82 Twin Mustang during the opening days of the Korean War. He was killed in action in Korea on July 6, 1950, and after his remains were located in 1953, he was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Crashed at Chongmong-ni, Pung-myun, Kapyong-gun, South Korea. Remains were finally found by troops, and he was interred in Arlington National Cemetery, 1954. 1st Lt. John J. Higgins was killed with the captain on this mission. Main source: http://www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.asp?ID=530
   
Comments/Citation
Ernest Fiebelkorn was born on December 12, 1922, in Pontiac, Michigan. He enlisted in the reserves of the Army Air Corps on May 21, 1942, and entered the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Forces on November 8, 1942. Fiebelkorn was commissioned a 2nd Lt and awarded his pilot wings at Williams Army Air Field, Arizona, on August 30, 1943, and after completing P-38 Lightning training, he was assigned to the 79th and then the 77th Fighter Squadron of the 20th Fighter Group in the European Theater from January to December 1944. During this time he was credited with destroying 9 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 1 damaged, as well as 2 enemy aircraft on the ground while strafing enemy airfields. Capt Fiebelkorn next served at Stockton, California, Luke Field in Arizona, Lemoore and Chico, California, Paine Field in Washington, Portland, Oregon, and at Pinedale and Hamilton Field, California, from February 1945 until he left active duty on February 9, 1947. He was recalled to active duty with the U.S. Air Force on December 2, 1947, and served with the 2nd Fighter Squadron of the 52nd Fighter Group at Mitchel Field, New York, from December 1947 to December 1948. His next assignment was with the 82nd Fighter Squadron at Hamilton AFB, California, where he served from December 1948 to February 1949. Fiebelkorn then joined the 4th Fighter Squadron of the 51st Fighter Group at Naha Air Base, Japan, in April 1949, where he flew the F-82 Twin Mustang during the opening days of the Korean War. He was killed in action in Korea on July 6, 1950, and after his remains were located in 1953, he was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.



His 3rd Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Citation reads:

Captain Ernest C. Fiebelkorn, AO753639, United States Air Force (now missing in action) distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight as pilot of an F-82 type aircraft on 6 July 1950. Captain Fiebelkorn led a flight of four F-82 all-weather fighter type aircraft to the Suwon-Seoul area, Korea, upon very short notice, and over a long distance under extremely adverse weather conditions. The mission of the flight was to contact a forward control aircraft in order to receive instructions for strafing a group of enemy tanks that had broken through our lines. The entire target area was covered by a low under cast and after several unsuccessful attempts by Captain Fiebelkorn to contact the controller aircxraft, he did voluntarily let down through the dangerous undercast over mountainous terrain, in a final attempt to make contact and engage the enemy. No more was heard from Captain Fiebelkorn by the remainder of the flight waiting aloft. The exemplary courage and selfless devotion to duty demonstrated by Captain Fiebelkorn reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
   
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