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Donald David Kienholz


Kienholz was an ace with 6 victories. He went on to serve in the Korean war, and retired in October 1965 after 27 years of service.


Units served with

  • 1st Fighter Group

    1st Fighter Group

    The 1st Fighter Group were initially deployed to Britain in the summer of 1942 as part of Operation Bolero. After shuttling through a number of different bases in the UK, the Group was reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force in September 1942 and supported...

  • 94th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Edwall, WA 99008, USA 7 June 1923
Died Walla Walla, WA 99362, USA 27 December 1973

He died when the twin-engine airplane he was piloting crashed and burned near the Walla Walla City-County Airport. He was a corporate pilot for American Sign and Indicator Company and was flying from Spokane to Walla Walla to pick up two passengers to take to Seattle.

He enlisted in the Army in May, 1939, and was a pilot in the Army Air Force during World War II and continued as the Air Force became a separate service. He retired as a Major. He held a triple rating (pilot, navigator, observer) and was an airplane commander of a Strategic Air Command bomber.

His first wife Bobbie Jo died while they were in El Paso. In 1960 he married Patricia. They were later divorced. In, 1970, he married Margaret who survives him. Also surviving him are two sons, three daughters, three stepsons, and three grandchildren.

Buried Spokane, WA, USA 31 December 1973

Pines Cemetery
Spokane County
Washington, USA


Date Contributor Update
08 February 2018 01:08:46 rick1970 Changes to highest rank, role and awards

Rick Kienholz

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13 May 2017 23:03:54 cptpoly Changes to highest rank

Son-Del Kienholz

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13 May 2017 23:00:08 cptpoly Changes to biography and events

Son-Del Kienholz

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19 November 2016 04:43:25 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations