David C. Schilling – Colonel, United States Air Force

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HERO’S WIFE A SUICIDE

WASHINGTON, March 18, 1950 – Mrs. Georgia Weidman Schilling, wife of a wartime Air Force hero, Colonel David C. Schilling, was found shot to death in her home here last night.  Coroner W. C. Welburn issued a certificate of suicide.  Death was caused by a wound in the temple.

Colonel Schilling, 31 years old, is in England on a special Air Force Mission.


TOP U. S. AIR ACE DIES IN CAR CRASH IN BRITIAN

LONDON, England, August 14, 1956 – Colonel David C. Schilling, World War II ace and of the United States Air Force’s top airmen, was killed today in an automobile accident.

Colonel Schilling, 37, who was Inspector General of the Strategic Air Command’s Seventh Air Division at nearby Ruislip, died when his car crashed into a bridge near Mildenhall, Suffolk.  A native of Leavenworth, Kansas, he is survived by his wife, Mary, and two children.

The Colonel flew 132 combat missions during World War II and was credited with having shot down twenty-three German planes and destroyed more on the ground.  He wore decorations from the United States, Britain, France, Belgium, and Chile.


FLYING HERO IS BURIED

WASHINGTON, August 24, 1956 – Colonel David C. Schilling, one of World War II’s most decorated fliers, was buried today in the presence of many former combat colleagues, war aces and high ranking officers.

Colonel Schilling was killed last week at the age of 37 when his car skidded into a bridge near the Air Force Base at Mildenhall, England.  He was Inspector General of the Strategic Air Command’s Seventh Air Division in Britain.

He received full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.


  • SCHILLING, DAVID C
  • COL USAF
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 12/15/1918
  • DATE OF DEATH: 08/14/1956
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 8  SITE 459
    ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
  • SCHILLING, GEORGIA WEIDMAN W/O DAVID C
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 10/31/1921
  • DATE OF DEATH: 03/17/1950
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 8  SITE 459 RH

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