|Birth: ||Oct. 17, 1923|
|Death: ||Jul. 21, 1989|
Only U.S. Air Force pilot to be an ace in both World War II and the Korean War and win the Distinguished Service Cross three times. In all, he downed 21 enemy airplanes. Won the Bendix Trophy Race in 1953, setting a then-record time of 3 hours 5 minutes 45 seconds, for an average speed of 603.5 mph, over 1,900 miles in an F-86F Sabre jet. His ace kill record consisted of 15-1/2 German planes in World War II, sharing a half credit with his then-commander, George Preddy. In the Korean War, he downed 5-1/2 kills, becoming the 18th-leading ace among the nation's fighter pilots. Four of his kills in World War II occurred in one fierce combat over the skies of Belgium, when he was one of 12 pilots who engaged 115 German airplanes on New Year's Day 1945. Ironically, he died from complications from the sting of a flying insect, a yellow jacket. Col. Whisner was cremated, and his ashes were scattered in the Red River. (bio by: John Andrew Prime)
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered in the Red River.
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Originally Created by: John Andrew Prime
Record added: Jul 10, 2009
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