David Carl Schilling

David Carl Schilling (December 15, 1918 – August 14, 1956) was a U.S. Air Force officer, fighter ace credited with 22½ confirmed claims, and leading advocate of long-range jet fighter operations. Kansas’ Schilling Air Force Base was named in his memory.

David Schilling was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, on December 15, 1918. His family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where he went to high school. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology in June 1939.

Schilling joined the United States Army in September 1939 as an aviation cadet and received his commission in the Air Corps upon completion of flight training in May 1940. The following summer he became one of the original members of the 56th Fighter Group.

More info at: David C. Schilling – Wikipedia

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      David Carl Schilling
      Military, 56th Fighter Group
      December 15, 1918
Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
      August 14, 1956 (aged 37)
Eriswell, Suffolk, England
      Arlington National Cemetery
      United States of America
Service/branch:United States Army Air Forces
      United States Air Force
Years of service:
Commands held:
      62d Fighter Squadron
      56th Fighter Group
      31st Fighter Escort Wing
      World War II
      2x Distinguished Service Cross

      3x Army Distinguished Service Medal Silver Star

      11x Distinguished Flying Cross

      20x Air Medal


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