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Tinker, Clarence Leonard (1887-1942)


Photograph of Clarence L. Tinker

Air National Guard

Clarence Tinker graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missoury, before joining the Philippine Constabulary as a third lieutenant. He transferred to the Regular Army in 1912. In 1921 he took flight training and joined the Air Corps. He became a major general shortly before the attack on Pearl Harbor and relieved Martin as commander of Hawaiian Air Force shortly after the attack on Peal Harbor. While directing Air Corps operations at the Battle of Midway, Tinker went out as an observer in a night flight of Liberators raiding Wake Island. His plane never returned. He was the first American general to die in the Second World War.

Johnsen (in Hesse et al.1998) reports that Tinker's aircraft appeared to stall and crash into the sea.

Tinker one-eighth Native American of the Osage tribe. He was known for his physical courage and executive skills.

Service record

1887-11-21     

Born  at Edgin, Kansas
1908
Second lieutenant (reserve)   

1912
Second lieutenant (regular)

1920
Major
Completes flight training
1932
Colonel
Commander, 17 Pursuit Group, March Field
1933-5

G-2 (Intelligence officer), General Headquarters Air Force (Provisional), March Field
1934

Commander, 7 Bombardment Group, Hamilton Field
1936-11

Chief, Aviation Division, National Guard Bureau
1939

Chief, Supply Division, Office of the Chief of the Air Corps
1940-2-1     
Brigadier general
Commander, 27 Bombardment Wing (Light), Barksdale Field, Louisiana
1941-1

Commander, 3 Bombardment Wing, MacDill Field, Florida
1941-11-6

Commander, III Interceptor Command, Drew Field, Florida
1941-12-18     
Major general
Commander, Hawaiian Air Force
1942-2-5

Commander, 7 Air Force
1942-6-7

Missing in action

References

Boatner (1996)

Ammentorp (accessed 2017-1-8)

Hess et al. (1998)

Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (accessed 2012-10-10)



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