Kenneth Lee Porter

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Kenneth Lee Porter
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Lieutenant Kenneth Lee Porter
Born 6 December 1896
Dowagiac, Michigan, USA
Died 3 February 1988
Queens, New York City, USA
Section 67, Site 441, Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia, USA
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Air Service, United States Army
Years of service 1917–1919
Rank Lieutenant
Unit 147th Aero Squadron
Battles/wars World War I Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War I
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Croix de Guerre avec Palme

Lieutenant Kenneth Lee Porter was a World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories.[1]

World War I service[edit]

Porter was an engineering graduate from Michigan University who joined the U.S. Army Air Service in August 1917. He reported to the 147th Aero Squadron in February 1918.[2] While on patrol with Ralph O'Neill and four other American pilots, they shot down a Pfalz D.III over Château Thierry on 2 July. After switching his Nieuport 28 for a Spad XIII, Porter would score four more times, from 28 September through 12 October 1918, sharing his scores with Wilbert White, Francis Simonds, and three other pilots. He also became a Flight Commander.[1]


He worked for Burroughs Corporation and the Pesco Pump Co. in New York until World War II. During the war, he worked with Boeing. Afterwards, he returned to civilian engineering.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Kenneth Porter". Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  2. ^ a b American Aces of World War I. p. 74–75. 


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