P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "K"
Earl Lehman Kielgass
Class 43-K pilot training (Williams AAB, Chandler, Arizona). P-47 RTU at Dover, Delaware. Joined 9th Air Force and
368th Ftr.Gp. at A-3 on Normandy Beach. Stayed with 396th Fighter Squadron (Thunderbums) till end of European war with bases at A-3,
Chartres, Laon Athies, Chievre (Belgium),
Rheims, Metz, Frankfurt AM, and Nuremburg.
Spent some time flying P-51's with
Arizona National Guard. Recalled as regular
in 1947 with First Fighter Wing March
Field, California. Flew out of Frankfurt on
the Berlin Airlift in 1949 then spent several
years in Air Training Command training
pilots (T-6, T-28, T-33, B-25 etc.)
Ike K. Killingsworth
Civilian Pilot Training (CPT)- 1942; Aloe Army Base, Victoria, Texas,
class 43-H Commissioned 2nd Lt. - August
of 1943 (AT-6 and P-40), Joined 404th
Fighter Squadron, 371st Fighter Group,
Richmond, Virginia and Camp Springs,
Maryland (Andrews AFB) - October 1943.
ETO with 371st January 1944. One year
flying 100 combat missions in the P-47
Thunderbolt (9th AF and 19 TAF)
Captain Everett G. King
Captain Everett G. KING.
411th Squadron of the 373th group of the 9th Army Air Force shot down on mission by the Luftwaffe near Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines.
Frank N. King
combat, transferred to 27th Air Transport
Group, Belfast, Ireland. Flew new aircraft to
combat bases, including P-47, P-51, P-38,
B-26, A-26, B-24, B-17, and C-47. Flew
troops and cargo in ETO. Flew spotter cub to
Paris. from Scotland. Toured Paris prior to
troops entering. Returned to States October 1,1944. Assigned P-47 combat instructor at
Claiborne Holmes Kinnard
WWII FIGHTER ACE!
Clay Kinnard graduated with a BSCE at Vanderbilt University and joined the USAAF before WWII. He graduated from flight school in August, 1939 and served with various squadrons until going to war with the 356th FG in August, 1943. He transferred to 354FS/355FG as Squadron CO in November 1943, but was off ops with a severe ear infection until February, 1944.
Back in France, Jean KISLING has been
in the French Air Force until June 1946. He
joined AIR FRANCE in 1947 and has been
instructor Airline Transport Pilot from
1955 to 1964. In 1980 he is still flying for
AIR FRANCE as B-747 Captain. He spent
summer vacation in Alaska flying amphibian
LAKE BUCCANEER on water.
Peter W. Klaassen
He graduated with Class 44A at Eagle Pass, Texas and after fighter transition training was assigned to the
78th Fighter Group, 83rd Sqdn. at Duxford
England, flying a total of 355 combat hours
in P-47's and P-51 's.
Returning to the United States after the
war, he worked at reactivating the 127th
Fighter Interceptor Group, Michigan Air
National Guard, becoming that unit's first
Post-War Commander. He continued engineering studies and flew with the Air Guard
until 1960, at which time he became a
manufacturing engineer with Teer-Wickwire
& Company, a large automotive parts manufacturer in Jackson, Michigan.
Ralph F. Kling
Ralph went to England and was with the
first replacements to the 388th Fighter
Squadron, of the 365th Fighter Group in
May, 1944. He flew 68 missions, all ground
support and reconnaissance except 4 as radio
relay and/or escort. He earned 12 Air Medals and destroyed one ME109. Kling was shot
down on a "recon" mission in Luxemborg
when his gas line was severed by ground fire
during a strafing pass.
Karl M. Kloeppel
Accompanied by his Dad they both had their first
airplane ride at Holmes Airport, Queens in
1928 after the Gates Flying Circus moved
over from Teterboro. Still at a very impressionable age he vowed he would become an
airplane pilot from that moment on. He
started flying lessons in 1937, legally soloed
on 1 November 1939 and was employed at a
large CPT Flight School and Seaplane Base
Joseph A. Knell, Jr.
was during his sophomore year at Loyola
College in 1943 that he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet. He received his "wings" and
Second Lieutenant's "bars" in the class of
44-F at Mission, Texas. His introduction to
the P-47 Thunderbolt came at Harding Field
in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he received
150 hours of combat training in this fighter
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