John F. Thornell Jr

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John Francis Thornell Jr
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Lt Col. John Francis Thornell, Jr
Born(1921-04-19)April 19, 1921
Stoughton, Massachusetts
DiedSeptember 3, 1998(1998-09-03) (aged 77)
Place of burial
Riverside National Cemetery
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Seal of the US Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Years of service1940–1971
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel
Commands held3526th Pilot Training Squadron
Awards Distinguished Service Cross ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star ribbon.svg Silver Star (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross ribbon.svg Distinguished Flying Cross (6)
Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal ribbon.svg Air Medal (6)

John Francis Thornell, Jr (April 19, 1921 – September 3, 1998) was a career officer in the United States Air Force and a World War II flying ace. He flew P-51 Mustangs and P-47 Thunderbolts with the 328th Fighter Squadron of the 352nd Fighter Group. He was the third highest scoring ace of 352nd Fighter Group, and one of the top USAAF aces of the European Theater of Operations and Eighth Air Force, with 17.25 aerial victories and 2 ground victories. [1] [2]

Capt John F Thornell Jr. stands in the cockpit of North American P-51B Mustang "Pattie Ann II" with his crew chief. Capt. Thornell.jpg
Capt John F Thornell Jr. stands in the cockpit of North American P-51B Mustang “Pattie Ann II” with his crew chief.

Awards and decorations

P-51B Mustangs of the 352nd Fighter Group escort B-24H Liberator bombers of the 458th Bombardment Group over the North Sea B-24s 458th BG with P-51s.jpg
P-51B Mustangs of the 352nd Fighter Group escort B-24H Liberator bombers of the 458th Bombardment Group over the North Sea

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png    Command pilot

Distinguished Service Cross ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Cross
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Silver Star ribbon.svg
Silver Star with one oak leaf cluster
Silver oakleaf-3d.svg
Distinguished Flying Cross ribbon.svg
Distinguished Flying Cross with silver leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal
Silver oakleaf-3d.svg
Air Medal ribbon.svg
Air Medal with silver leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Air Force Commendation ribbon.svg
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
AF Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon.png Air Force Presidential Unit Citation
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Army Good Conduct ribbon.svg Army Good Conduct Medal
American Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal ribbon.svg American Campaign Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two service stars
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation ribbon.svg Army of Occupation Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
National Defense Service Medal with one service star
Silver oakleaf-3d.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Air Force Longevity Service ribbon.svg
Air Force Longevity Service Award with oak and silver leaf clusters

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References

  1. "Lt. Jack Thornell WWII ace with 17 victories". Stardust Studios.
  2. "Veteran Tributes". veterantributes.org.