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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.
||Born at Edgin, Kansas
||Second lieutenant (reserve)
||Second lieutenant (regular)
||Completes flight training
||Commander, 17 Pursuit Group,
Headquarters Air Force (Provisional), March Field
||Commander, 7 Bombardment
||Chief, Aviation Division, National Guard
||Chief, Supply Division,
of the Chief of the Air Corps
||Commander, 27 Bombardment
(Light), Barksdale Field, Louisiana
||Commander, 3 Bombardment
MacDill Field, Florida
||Commander, III Interceptor
Command, Drew Field, Florida
||Commander, Hawaiian Air Force|
||Commander, 7 Air
||Missing in action
Ammentorp (accessed 2017-1-8)
Hess et al. (1998)
Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (accessed 2012-10-10)
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