The Personal Effects of Army Air Force DFC Winner 1st Lt. Edward C. Kinzler
Includes Army Air Force Pilot Wings (silvered bronze, maker marked "FIRMIN LONDON", 19 mm x 76.5 mm, horizontal pinback); Army Air Force Pilot Wings, Reduced Size (sterling silver, marked "STERLING", 15.5 mm x 57.7 mm, horizontal pinback); two Prop and Wings Insignia on Card of Issue (two-piece construction, silvered bronze, maker marked "AMICO", 20 mm x 30 mm each, dual push pins); Army Air Forces Aviator Sunglasses (in marked AAF leather case); two Dog Tags on String (aluminum, stamped "EDWARD C KINZLER 0-692796 T43" and "P" each, one of which is stamped with an "A"); Salesman's Sample (Miniature) Boot Knife in Leather Sheath (maker marked "J.H. THOMPSON CUTLERY LTD SHEFFIELD ENGLAND" on the knife and stamped "MADE IN SHEFFIELD, ENG." on the sheath); Dunhill Service Lighter (stamped "dunhill SERVICE LIGHTER" and "TRADE MARK PAT. PEND. MADE IN U.S.A."); two Tins (one stamped "BARRINGTON HALL SOLUBLE COFFEE" on lid, the other unmarked, both taped shut); 6" Steel Rule in Sleeve (marked "The Garlock Packing Company, Palmyra, New York"); Homemade 8th Air Force Wooden Plaque; 10 black and white photographs (eight of which are period); 48 black and white photographs reproduced from the original accompanying individual negatives; Pack of Aviator Playing Cards (overprint stamped "Gift of the American Red Cross" and "For Use of U.S. Government Permit No. 1 Oct. 23, 1942"; one Army Air Force Patch; three 8th Air Force Patches; one colorized postcard of the White House, Washington D.C. (postmarked May 20, 1938); original fingerprinted and stamped Military Record and Report of Separation Certificate of Service; War Department, Washington Special Order No. 89 (promoting him from 2nd Lt to 1st Lt, by Order of the Secretary of War, G.C. Marshall, Chief of Staff); Headquarters Chanute Field, Illinois Special Order No. 121 (marked "Restricted" and dated May 1, 1945); Immunization Register; Newspaper Article entitled "Philadelphians in Service" (stating "Promoted from second lieutenant to first lieutenant were Edward C. Kinzler, Quakertown...."); Goodfellow Field Exchange, San Angelo, Texas Receipt; War and Navy Departments "Going Back to Civilian Life" Booklet (dated August 1945); Benefits for Servicemen and their Dependents Book (by Edward J. Halpin, dated 1942); and copies of his Military Record and Report of Separation Certificate of Service, Individual Flight Record, Aviation Cadet Honorable Discharge and Army of the United States Certificate of Service. Footnote: 0-692796 1st Lieutenant Edward C. Kinzler was born on January 29, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed four years of high school at Nockamixon High School in Revere, Pennsylvania, before pursuing his civilian occupation as a Substation Operator with the Philadelphia Electric Company, assisting in the operation of a substation switchboard, controlling 110 to 66,000 volt electrical equipment. Kinzler attended Basic Flying School at Coffeyville, Kansas and Advanced Flying School at Altus, Oklahoma with the Army Air Force Schools, graduating in each of Pre-flight Pilot, Primary Pilot, Basic Pilot, Advanced - 2 E, Transit B-24, 4 E courses. He served as an Aviation Cadet from December 1942 to October 1943 and was on Active Duty beginning on October 1, 1943. He was at the Army Air Forces Proving Ground Command, Eglin Field Florida, qualified to pilot four engine aircraft, when he left the United States for the European Theater on April 28, 1944, arriving on May 5, 1944. Kinzler is credited with flying a B-24 in 22 combat missions and a B-17 in 13 combat misions in the European Theater, along with flying a C-47 on training missions. During 1944, aboard B-24 and B-17 aircraft, he was in the air from July to October (July: eighteen missions, twelve of which were combat missions; August: fourteen missions, three of which were combat missions, including ones over Noball and Hemmingstedt; September: ten missions, six of which were combat missions, including ones over Frankfurt, Nurenberg, Arnhem and Ludwigshafen; and October: seven missions, six of which were combat missions, including ones over Munster (2), Berlin, Gustavsburg, Cologne and Kassel). Kinzler left Europe for the United States on November 19, 1944, arriving on November 28, 1944, credited with service in the European Theater of Operations, including the Air Offensive over Europe, Normandy, Northern France and Germany. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon. Kinzler was released from military service upon demobilization at the Separation Center, Fort Dix, New Jersey on June 3, 1945. He tragically died after the war in a cropdusting accident. His medals are not included as part of the group.