Lt. Jim Kunkle -Bravery in the Face of Danger
updated: Nov 17, 2012, 10:00 AM
Source: Anacapa School
As an airman in World War II, Lt. Kunkle was flying with his squadron when they encountered powerful Nazi
air forces. His position in the rear of the formation made him susceptible and he was hit with enemy fire
early in the engagement. Flying without radio contact in his burning aircraft, Lt. Kunkle managed to
destroy two enemy aircraft before parachuting to safety! For his heroic actions he was awarded the
Distinguished Service Cross, the Air Medal of Honor and a Purple Heart. The Belgian government awarded
him the Croix de Guerre and the Fourrager Award.
Lt. Kunkle just celebrated his 90th Birthday but he hasn't let age stop him from enjoying what he loves
most: sharing his enthusiasm for aviation with young and old alike!