John Francis Thornell Jr
Lt Col. John Francis Thornell, Jr
|Born||April 19, 1921|
|Died||September 3, 1998 77)(aged|
|Place of burial|
Riverside National Cemetery
|Years of service||1940–1971|
|Commands held||3526th Pilot Training Squadron|
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.
|Distinguished Service Cross|
|Silver Star with one oak leaf cluster|
|Distinguished Flying Cross with silver leaf cluster|
|Meritorious Service Medal|
|Air Medal with silver leaf cluster|
|Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster|
|Air Force Presidential Unit Citation|
|Air Force Outstanding Unit Award|
|Army Good Conduct Medal|
|American Defense Service Medal|
|American Campaign Medal|
|European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two service stars|
|World War II Victory Medal|
|Army of Occupation Medal|
|National Defense Service Medal with one service star|
|Air Force Longevity Service Award with oak and silver leaf clusters|
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