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Name: Kenneth Russell Unger
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Kenneth Unger
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 210
Victories: 14
Born: 19 April 1898
Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, USA
Died: 06 January 1979
Place of Death: Pompano Beach, Florida, USA
Cemetery: Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Image
 
 
Rejected by the armed forces of his own country, Kenneth Russell Unger went to Canada and joined the Royal Flying Corps in June 1917. Posted to 210 Squadron on 18 June 1918 he scored 14 victories flying the Sopwith Camel. On 26 June 1918 he shot down a Fokker D.VII piloted by Kurt Schonfelder.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, 28 June 1918, page 18
The Salt Lake Telegram, Salt Lake City, Utah, Thursday Evening, 25 August 1921, page 7
Riverside Daily Press, Riverside, California, Wednesday Evening, 7 February 1923, page 1
Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, New Jersey, Wednesday, 2 July 1924, page 24
The Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington, Monday, 12 April 1943, page 10
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Kenneth Russell Unger. (FRANCE)
      A gallant and skilful officer. On 30th October, separated from his patrol owing to engine trouble, he was attacked by seven Fokkers; undaunted by the odds against him he without hesitation, engaged them, and by skilful manoeuvring, shot one down to crash. He has accounted for nine enemy aeroplanes and one kite balloon.
 
Opponents
#1 Kurt SchönfelderGermany
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 26 Jun 1918 1920 210 Sopwith Camel (D9608) Fokker D.VII (DES) 1 W of Armentières
2 26 Jun 1918 1945 210 Sopwith Camel (D9608) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 1 Ypres-Dickebusch
3 26 Jun 1918 1945 210 Sopwith Camel (D9608) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 1 Ypres-Dickebusch
4 26 Jun 1918 1945 210 Sopwith Camel (D9608) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 1 Ypres-Dickebusch
5 20 Jul 1918 0950 210 Sopwith Camel (D9608) Fokker D.VII (OOC) SE of Ostend
6 31 Jul 1918 1115 210 Sopwith Camel (D9608) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Nieuport-Dixmude
7 24 Sep 1918 1440 210 Sopwith Camel (F3930) Fokker D.VII (OOC) S of St. Pierre Capelle
8 27 Sep 1918 1745 210 Sopwith Camel (F3930) Halberstadt C (DES) SE of Nieuport
9 28 Sep 1918 1745 210 Sopwith Camel (D3336) Fokker D.VII (DES) NE of Dixmude
10 01 Oct 1918 0945 210 Sopwith Camel (F3930) Pfalz D.XII (DES) NE of Ypres
11 14 Oct 1918 1040 210 Sopwith Camel (F3930) Fokker DR.I (OOC) S of Lichtervelde
12 27 Oct 1918 1030 210 Sopwith Camel (F3930) Fokker D.VII (DES) W of Locquignol
13 30 Oct 1918 1115 210 Sopwith Camel (F3930) Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Rombies
14 01 Nov 1918 1210 210 Sopwith Camel (F3930) Balloon (DES) Estreaux

1 Shared with Capt Lawrence Coombes, Lt Ivan Sanderson
 
Books
American Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (September 25, 2001)
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
In Clouds of Glory: American Airmen Who Flew With The British During The Great War
by James J. Hudson / Paperback / University of Arkansas Press (October 1, 1990)
 
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