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Claiborne Holmes Kinnard Jr


Colonel Kinnard, already a much decorated fighter pilot, came to the 4th Fighter Group in September 1944 from his former position as Group Commander of the 355th Fighter Group. He was appointed Deputy Group Commander, reporting to Lt. James Clark, acting CO. On 1 November Col. Kinnard assumed command of the 4th Fighter Group. (4th Fighter Group Commanding Officer, 1 November 1944 to 6 December 1944).
Kinnard led the group on many missions opposed only by flak, but met Germans on only a couple, managing to score six victories in his plane "Man 'O War".
On 29 November 1944 he left to become CO of another group where he did a creditable job. At the end of the war his record was 25 enemy aircraft destroyed.
He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Croix-de Guerre with Palm, and the Distinguished Unit Citation. He passed away in July 1966 of a brain tumour.



  • James Clark

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot; Deputy Commanding Officer
    Initially assigned to the 71st Eagle Squadron in June 1942. With the founding of the 4th Fighter Group that September, he was assigned to the 334th Squadron, where he eventually became its Commanding Officer. ...

  • Darrell McAfee

    Military | Sergeant | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Virgil McAfee

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Mechanic | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 65th Fighter Wing

    65th Fighter Wing

    Browse 65th Fighter Wing photographs and other documents in the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library digital archive here:

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 354th Fighter Squadron
  • 360th Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters (355th Fighter Group)
  • Headquarters (4th Fighter Group)

    Headquarters (4th Fighter Group)

    The Headquarters Squadron was made up of true leaders. Most had flown Hurricanes, Spitfires, Thunderbolts and Mustangs. ...

  • Headquarters (65th Fighter Wing)



Event Location Date
Died July 1966
End Tour of Duty (ETD) (2)


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30 November 2018 14:31:19 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

"The Mighty Eighth", Roger Freeman.

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24 June 2015 19:11:57 Lucy May Changes to nickname

Added nickname from information in the image captions.

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Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.

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01 March 2015 12:40:09 apollo11 Changes to biography, awards, events and person associations

All information correct as far as I am aware

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Fighter Aces of the U. S. A., Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force and Aces and Wingmen II / Roster from ESCORT The 356th Fighter Group Over Europe 1943-1945 by Kent D. Miller/

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Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list