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Thomas DeWitt Milling

MILLING, THOMAS De WITT, Major, Air Service; born, Winnfield, La., June 31, 1887; son of Robert E. Milling and Ida (Roberts) Milling.

Educated: Public schools of Franklin, La.; U. S. Military Academy. 

Professional: 1909, U.S. Military Academy; 2nd Lieut., 15th Cavalry, Sept. 1909 to April 1911; on duty with Aviation Section, Signal. Corp, as 1st Lieut., Captain, and Major to Aug. 1917; Lt. Col. and Col., Air Service to April 1920.

Aeronautical Activities: On continuous aeronautical duty since April 1911; received instruction in flying at Wright School, Dayton, Ohio, 1911; assisted in establishing First Army Aviation School, College Park, Md., 1911; instructor in flying 1911, 1912, and 1913; entered International Meets, Boston and New York, 1911, broke world’s endurance record, carrying two passengers, also won Tri-State Race, one of the longest cross-country events at that time; successfully conducted tests in the observation of artillery fire from airplane, using both radio and dropped messages, at Fort Riley, Kansas, 1912; served with the First Aviation Detachment, stationed at Texas City, Tex., for expected service in Mexico, 1913; established a new American Air Service distance and endurance record, with passenger, by making a non-stop flight at San Antonio, Tex., distance 220 mi., return flight made in same manner, 1913; Officer in Charge of flying training, Army Aviation School, San Diego, Calif., 1913; on duty in France, Germany, Austria, and England, attending foreign aviation schools and studying aeronautical conditions in Europe, fall of 1913, spring of 1914; served with First Aero Squadron, Galveston, Tex., 1914; commanded Aviation Department on Mexican Border, Brownsville, Tex., 1915; Officer in Charge of flying training, Army Aviation School, San Diego, Calif., 1914 and 1915 served with First Aero Squadron, Fort Sill, Okla. and San Antonio, Tex., 1915; conducted test on first automatic camera from airplane, 1915; Officer in Charge of flying training, War Department, 1916-1917; organized first flying school of instruction of Reserve Military Aviators, 1916; Chief of Air Service Training, A. E. F., 1917 member of Training Section, General Staff A. E. F., 1918.

Flying Rating: Pilot’s Certificate No. 30, July 6, 1911; Expert Aviator’s Certificate No. 3, Sept. 1911; first Military Aviator, U.S. Army, July 5, 1912; Junior Military Aviator, July 22, 1914; Military Aviator, Aug. 8, 1917; Airplane Pilot, Oct. 5, 1920.

War Service: Chief of Air Service Training, A. E. F., Sept. 3, 1917 to Jan. 3, 1918; member of Training Section, General Staff, A. E. F. To June 4, 1918; Commanding Officer,  American Air Service Units, Toul Sector, to Aug. 24, 1918; Chief of Staff, Air Service, First Army, to Oct. 18, 1918; Chief of Air Service, First Army, to Jan. 25, 1919; returned to U. S., Feb. 1919; Assistant to Chief of Training and Operations, Air Service, March 1919 to June 1920; Officer in Charge, Air Service Field Officer’s School, 1921.

War Honors: Awarded Distinguished Service Medal; Chavalier of the Legion of Honor, by France; Officer of the Order of Leopold, by Belgium.

Member: Chevy Chase Club; Racquet Club; Army and Navy Club (Wash.); Aero Club of America; Society of Automotive Engineers.

Present Occupation: Officer in Charge, Air Service Field Officers School, Langley Field, Va.
Address: Langley Field, Va.

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