David C Schilling

David C Schilling

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Death 14 Aug 1956 (aged 37)
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec: 8, Site: 459
Memorial ID 49309347 · View Source
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United States Air Force Colonel David Carl Schilling was a quadruple fighter ace having been recognized for the downing of 22 and one half enemy aircraft in World War II. On December 23, 1944 he became one of 38 U.S. Army Air Force "Ace in a day" pilots when he shot down five German Luftwaffe aircraft in one day. Among his military awards were 2 Distinguished Service Crosses, a Distinguished Service Medal, three Silver Stars, 11 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 20 Air Medals.

He was the 1950 winner of the Harmon Trophy, awarded yearly for the most outstanding international achievement in the arts and / or science of aeronautics. The award was in recognition of the first nonstop transatlantic jet aircraft flight.

The former Schilling Air Force Base near Salinas, Kansas was named in his honor. An Air Force Association Aerospace Award, the David C. Schilling Award, for contributions in the field of flight, in the atmosphere or space, by an Air Force military member, Air Force civilian, unit or group of individuals, was also named in his honor.


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  • Created by: John C. Anderson
  • Added: 6 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49309347
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David C Schilling (15 Dec 1918–14 Aug 1956), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49309347, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by John C. Anderson (contributor 47208015) .