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Francis Tinsler


TINSLER, Francis R. 87, of St. Petersburg died on July 7, 2008 in Charlottesville, VA. He was born on Jan. 17, 1921 in Boston, MA, and was the son of Walter and Lillian (Newman) Tinsler. He earned a Master's Degree from Northeastern University in Civil Engineering. During WWII, Fran earned the rank of Captain in the 301st Bombardment Group based in Fogia, Italy, flying B-17's. He flew 35 sorties and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, four Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart. He went on to serve in the Korean War, flying the B-29 bomber. After moving to Florida, Fran worked for the City of St. Petersburg for over 10 years. Mr. Tinsler is survived by his wife, Anne Tinsler; his son, Richard Tinsler; his daughter, Kathryn Morris of St. Petersburg; and two grandchildren, Jonathan and Sarah Morris. He was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Cross in St. Petersburg. Mr. Tinsler will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on October 6th, following a chapel service with full military honors.

Francis Tinsler

1st Lt. Francis R Tinsler was assigned to the 301st BG 353rd Squadron. He was from Medfield MA

The following information on Francis Tinsler is gathered and extracted from military records. We have many documents and copies of documents, including military award documents. It is from these documents that we have found this information on 1st Lt. Tinsler. These serviceman's records are nowhere near complete and we are always looking for more material. If you can help add to Francis Tinsler's military record please contact us.

  Rank General Order Date Notes Award Ribbon & Device

Francis Tinsler

F/O

4868

12/04/1944

 

AM

Air Medal (AM)

Francis Tinsler

2nd Lt

258

01/16/1945

 

AM/1OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

FRANCIS TINSLER

1LT

2034

04/02/1945

 

AM/2OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

FRANCIS TINSLER

1LT

2269

04/11/1945

 

AM/3OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Francis Tinsler

1st Lt

3213

05/16/1945

 

AM/4OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Francis Tinsler

1st Lt

3261

05/18/1945

 

DFC

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

5/18/1945 General Orders 3261 DFC 5/16/1945 General Orders 3213 AM 4/2/1945 General Orders 2034 AM 5/16/1945 General Orders 3213 AM 5/18/1945 General Orders 3261 DFC

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