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Loren Boyd Hillsinger

Military

Colonel Lorin B Hillsinger was the first USAAF officer permitted to return to operational flying after losing a limb.
C/O of 61st Troop Carrier Group, July 1941.
Colonel Lorin B Hillsinger was badly wounded, losing a leg, whilst an observer onboard the destroyer HMS Berkeley, which was sunk during the Dieppe Raid on Aug 19, 1942.

"Aboard the Berkeley, a direct hit killed all aboard but Hillsinger. Then, a steel chest sliding across the deck sheared his leg just below the knee. With an improvised tourniquet around his severed leg, he crawled to the rail and plunged fifteen feet to Steam Gun Boat #8 waiting below.
He continued as aircraft lookout while lying on its deck severely wounded. In England, some seventeen hours later, his severed leg got its first hospital attention."

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • V6844

    Hurricane
    Hawker Hurricane Mk I V6844 flown by VIII Air Force Service Command Pilot, Col L B Hillsinger, Lt Col L.B. Hillsinger was badly wounded as an observer onboard the destroyer HMS Berkeley sunk during the Dieppe Raid on Aug 19, 1942. ...

Associated Place

  • Hendon

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF station which in 1944 was home to Douglas C-47 Skytrain lodgers.

Events

Event Location Date
Born 20 June 1909

Born in Binghamton, New York, on 20 June 1909, he was named for his father, Loren Hillsinger, and his mother, Mary Boyd.

Educated Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA 1925 – 1927

Syracuse University where he excelled at football and lacrosse.

Educated Stanton College Preparatory School, 1149 West 13th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209, USA 1928

Attended Stanton Preparatory School.

West Point Military Academy United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, USA June 1928 – 1932

Entered West Point Military Academy summer of 1928. He was one of the greatest running guards to ever wear the West Point Military Academies Black, Gray and Gold.

Wounded Dieppe, France 19 August 1942

Badly wounded, losing a leg, whilst an observer onboard the destroyer HMS Berkeley, which was sunk during the Dieppe Raid on Aug 19, 1942.

Awarded Distinguished Service Cross 19 August 1942

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Loren B. Hillsinger, Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in aerial combat while serving as Air Officer, attached to the HMS Berkeley, in action against enemy forces on 19 August 1942, during the Allied Raid on the French port of Dieppe. During bombardment of his vessel by enemy aircraft, Colonel Hillsinger's foot was blown off by the bomb. Despite this severe injury he made his way to the S.C.B., where, though in great pain, he continued to act as aircraft lookout while lying on the deck. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Hillsinger on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.

Enlisted Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico 1946

Acting Military as well as Air Attache with the American Embassy in Mexico City.

Medically Retired 1946

Retired in 1946 as a result of wounds received in combat.

University reading Law University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA 1946 – 1949

Three years at the University of Florida and he was practicing law. He was admitted to the Florida and Canal Zone Bars, all of the Federal Courts from the District to the United States Supreme Court.

Practised Law Panama Canal, Panama 1949 – 1952

Sat as Judge of a Court of the United States in the Panama Canal Zone for two and one-half years.

Died Winter Park, FL, USA 5 March 1966

Died of a heart attack.

Lived in El Paso, TX, USA

El Paso, Texas, USA.

Enlisted
Returned Flying Duties

First USAAF officer permitted to return to operational flying after losing a limb.

C/O 61st TCG

Commanding Officer of 61st Troop Carrier Group, July 1941.

Participated invasion of Sicily Sicily, Italy

Participated in the invasion of Sicily. As a member of the forward echelon of Air Support Command, he flew missions in a pursuit plane to observe air-ground support.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2016 11:07:48 Al_Skiff Changes to biography
Sources

www.fold3.com USAAF Photo.
http://www.homeofheroes.com/members/02_DSC/citatons/03_wwii-dsc/aaf_h.html DSC Citation Details.
http://testvalor.militarytimes.com/search.php?term=Hillsinger DFC/Legion of Merit Citation Details.
https://apps.westpointaog.org/Memorials/Article/9396/ Further career Details.

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 14:18:05 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

www.fold3.com USAAF Photo.
http://www.homeofheroes.com/members/02_DSC/citatons/03_wwii-dsc/aaf_h.html DSC Citation Details.
http://testvalor.militarytimes.com/search.php?term=Hillsinger DFC/Legion of Merit Citation Details.
https://apps.westpointaog.org/Memorials/Article/9396/ Further career Details.

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 18:23:34 Al_Skiff Changes to firstname, nickname, biography and events
Sources

www.fold3.com USAAF Photo.
http://www.homeofheroes.com/members/02_DSC/citatons/03_wwii-dsc/aaf_h.html DSC Citation Details.
http://testvalor.militarytimes.com/search.php?term=Hillsinger DFC/Legion of Merit Citation Details.
https://apps.westpointaog.org/Memorials/Article/9396/ Further career Details.

Date Contributor Update
29 July 2015 13:22:14 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, awards and events
Sources

www.fold3.com USAAF Photo.
http://www.homeofheroes.com/members/02_DSC/citatons/03_wwii-dsc/aaf_h.html DSC Citation Details.
http://testvalor.militarytimes.com/search.php?term=Hillsinger DFC/Legion of Merit Citation Details.

Date Contributor Update
29 July 2015 12:44:17 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

www.fold3.com USAAF Photo.
http://www.homeofheroes.com/members/02_DSC/citatons/03_wwii-dsc/aaf_h.html DSC Citation Details.

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