Capt Field Eugene Kindley

Capt Field Eugene Kindley

Arkansas, USA
Death 1 Feb 1920 (aged 23)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial Gravette, Benton County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 20778253 View Source
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*World War I Flying Ace*

Service: United States Air Force
Units: 65 (RAF)
148TH Aero (USAS)
Victories: 12

Received Distingushed Flying Cross (DFC) and
Distingushed Service Cross...Oak Leaf Cluster (DSC)

Hw joined the Kansas National Guard in 1917, transfering to the Army's Signal Corp. He attended the school of Military Aeronautics before going to England for advanced flight training. He gained experience with the Royal Air Force on the Eastern Front.

He scored 12 confirmed "kills", and is considered to be third ranked in the American Air Service behind Eddie Richenbacker and Raoul Luftery.

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See Wikipedia, "War Bird Ace" (Jack Stokes Ballard, Texas University Press, 2007), Army Times Editors, "Famous Fighters of World War I", New York: Dodd, Mead, 1964, among many others, too numberous to mention.

From book jacket blurb, "War Bird Ace":

"Captain Field E. Kindley, with the famous Eddie Rickenbacker, was one of America's foremost World War I flying aces. Like Rickenbacker's, Kindley's story is one of fierce dogfights, daring aerial feats, and numerous brushes with death...

Field Kindley flew with the famous "War Birds" who trained in England and gained experience with the RAF before providing leadership for the U.S. Air Service. Flying Sopwith Camels throughout his war career, Kindley was the fourth-ranking Amer4ican Air Ace, with twelve kills in close, air-to-air combat. His exploits earned him a Distnguished Service Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster from the United States and a Distingusished Flying Cross from the British government...He was called to testify before Congress about the need to maintain aerial preparedness after the War.

In February 1920, after assuming command of Rickenbacker's famous 94th Aero Squadron at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Kindley led a practice drill during which some enlisted men unwittingly entered the bombing target area. "Buzzing" the troops to warn them off the field, he somewhow lost control of his plane and died in the ensuing crash."

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