Willburt E. Kinsley Papers

Collection Summary

Title: Willburt E. Kinsley Papers
Call Number: MS 92-17
Size: 0.75 linear feet
Acquisition: Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum
Processed by: KJC, 1992; JEF, 11-2-1998; MN, 10-2008
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

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Content Note

This World War I-era aviation manuscript collection includes official military documents about Lieutenant Willburt E. Kinsley's distinguished-service cross and his military discharge papers. Kinsley's manuscript Pilot Log Book, two photographs and many negatives are included as well.

Biography

Willburt E. Kinsley was born September 12, 1891, and lived in Winchester, Massachusetts. Kinsley served both in World War I and in World War II, retiring in 1953. He began his military career as a private first class in the 90th Aero Squad A.E.F. on December 18, 1917. Prior to his overseas duty, Kinsley trained in the Aviation Section at Gastner Field, Lake Charter, Louisiana for two months. Then he spent time at Cornell Ground School at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Kinsley spent four months overseas in World War I, where he encountered eleven combats, was shot down once, and was given official credit for two German fighter craft kills. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for valor in the line of duty. Kinsley served in the 36th Station Complement Squadron in World War II as a Lt. Colonel. He was stationed in Normandy, North France, the Rhineland, and Central Europe. And he was decorated with the European African Middle Eastern Medal, the American Service Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the American Defense Medal.

Detailed Description: Series Listing

Series 1 Box 1 FF 1-5 Military Documents
Series 2 Box 1 FF 6-Box 2 Images

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Series 1 ‒ Military Documents

Box 1 FF 1 Pilot’s Book, 18 December 1917 to 15 February 1918. Logs time in air, type of plane and engine, and brief detail of work; (2) 2 November 1917-15 May 1918, engaged in practice sessions; (3) 26 May 1918-24 December 1918, engaged in combat, liaison,and reconnaissance.
Box 1 FF 2 War Department booklet of awards and Distinguished- Service Crosses, 21 January 1919; (2) Copy of certification of Distinguished-Service Cross; (3) Copy of letter recommending Kinsley for the Distinguished-Service Cross.
Box 1 FF 3 Copy of service papers, 17 September 1941-30 April 1946; (2) Original and copy of military record and report of separation; (3) Original and copy of Honorable discharge paper, 1 April 1953; (4) Copies of Separation Qualification Record.
Box 1 FF 4 Military Identification Pass; (2) A.R.C. Club for Officers card;(3) Third Annual Reunion of the 90th Aero Squadron, 14 November 1925.
Box 1 FF 5 Order forms for the History of the Ninetieth Aero Squadron; (2) Envelopes; (3) Letter concerning publisher cost overruns, 18 September 1920.

Series 2 ‒ Images

Box 1 FF 6 Photos: 8 x 10 of Kinsley in uniform, one 1.5 x 2 of a man standing on steps.
Box 1 FF 7 Kodak negative albums. The negatives have been placed in Box 2.
Box 2   The contents of this box were originally in Kodak negative albums, which can be found in Box 1 FF 7. There are 202 silver nitrate negatives, currently housed in an off-site freezer facility awaiting transference to safety film format.
Box 2 No. 1 Robertson’s wreck at Cazaux
Box 2 No. 2 Robertson’s wreck at Cazaux
Box 2 No. 3 Robertson’s wreck at Cazaux
Box 2 No. 4 Robertson’s wreck at Cazaux
Box 2 No. 5 Sopwith at Cazaux
Box 2 No. 6 J. Cat wreck
Box 2 No. 7 J. Cat wreck
Box 2 No. 8 French general
Box 2 No. 9 Hieuport diving on A. A. Cazaux
Box 2 No. 10 French general at Cazaux
Box 2 No. 10a Woman seated on grass
Box 2 No. 11 F. P. Jones in Hieuport, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 12 Hieuports at Cazaux
Box 2 No. 13 Flyingboat in air, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 13a Man standing in swimsuit
Box 2 No. 14 Hydroplane taking off, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 15 Bi-motor “hydro” on dock, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 16 Flyingboat on dock, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 17 Hydroplane hangers, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 18 Motorboats at pier, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 19 Hydroplane taking off, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 20 Flying boat being towed in, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 21 Flying boat approaching dock, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 22 Armory, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 23 Liberty rear view at Ourches
Box 2 No. 24 Swimming pool at 90th, Ourches
Box 2 No. 25 Liberty near front view, Ourches
Box 2 No. 26 Liberty near view of Fuselage, Ourches
Box 2 No. 27 Hayden in ob. seat of Liberty, Ourches
Box 2 No. 28 Wotang, the mascot of the 90th, Ourches
Box 2 No. 29 “Submarine” Lowell
Box 2 No. 30 Maj. Anderson’s Brequet wreck at Ourches
Box 2 No. 31 Woman seated by water’s edge
Box 2 No. 32 Woman standing on a dock
Box 2 No. 32a Woman seated on pilings by water’s edge
Box 2 No. 33 14 Liberties 1st formation to go over lines
Box 2 No. 34 Start of the 1st Liberty to go over
Box 2 No. 35 Observer Heart in Liberty
Box 2 No. 36 Front view of 14 Liberties
Box 2 No. 37 Side view of 1st 5 Liberties
Box 2 No. 38 #20 Sampson crashed on field
Box 2 No. 39 Caprini bomber
Box 2 No. 40 Percy Hart in Liberty
Box 2 No. 41 Marine, Olgar, and Alice
Box 2 No. 42 Olgar and Alice
Box 2 No. 43 Tank from air
Box 2 No. 44 Air photo
Box 2 No. 45 Lt Boayard and his plane
Box 2 No. 46 Lt. Kinsley and his plane
Box 2 No. 47 German 2nd line trenches, Toul Sector
Box 2 No. 48 No Man’s Land, St. Mihiel Ilrive
Box 2 No. 49 No Man’s Land, near Pannes
Box 2 No. 50 French piece in action (155 short)
Box 2 No. 51 German pill box, rear view
Box 2 No. 52 German pill box, close front view
Box 2 No. 53 German pill box, distant view
Box 2 No. 54 Bethelainville
Box 2 No. 55 French outpost, Verdun
Box 2 No. 56 Camouflaged battery, Verdun
Box 2 No. 57 Camouflaged battery position
Box 2 No. 58 Dick, Grier and Lake
Box 2 No. 59 Enlisted men, 90th
Box 2 No. 60 Photographer and lighting truck
Box 2 No. 61 My cot at Bethelainville
Box 2 No. 62 Jim Boyard reading
Box 2 No. 63 Crews quarters in hangar
Box 2 No. 64 Group hdq. building, Bethelainville
Box 2 No. 65 No. 1 of Bethelainville field
Box 2 No. 66 No. 2 of Bethelainville field
Box 2 No. 67 No. 3 of Bethelainville field
Box 2 No. 68 Camouflaged road
Box 2 No. 69 Truck taking away Pat’s wreck
Box 2 No. 70 Interior of Barracks at Bethelainville
Box 2 No. 71 Dick, a carver
Box 2 No. 72 Judge, our mascot
Box 2 No. 73 Officers barracks, Souilly
Box 2 No. 74 Men’s mess, Souilly
Box 2 No. 75 Marine at operation office, Souilly
Box 2 No. 76 Hayden, Dick and Lockwood
Box 2 No. 77 Wreck of Sopwith Camel
Box 2 No. 78 Wreck of Sopwith Camel, Souilly
Box 2 No. 79 Officer’s quarters, Belrainville
Box 2 No. 80 Officer’s quarters, Belrainville
Box 2 No. 81 Dr. Livingston’s dog
Box 2 No. 82 Dr. Livingston’s dog on stove
Box 2 No. 83 Dr. Livingston’s dog on stove
Box 2 No. 84 Barbed wire entanglements
Box 2 No. 85 Kinsley crawling through wire
Box 2 No. 86 Interior of Church at Bethelainville
Box 2 No. 87 Place de la Concord, Paris
Box 2 No. 88 Place de la Concord, showing monument
Box 2 No. 89 Place de la Concord, fountain
Box 2 No. 90 Place de la Concord, looking West
Box 2 No. 91 R.R. station of Chat’ Thiere
Box 2 No. 92 Hanger blown down, Bethelainville
Box 2 No. 93 C.O. Quarters, Bethelainville
Box 2 No. 94 Bethelainville, 1
Box 2 No. 95 Bethelainville, 2
Box 2 No. 96 Bethelainville, 3
Box 2 No. 97 Bethelainville, 1
Box 2 No. 98 Bethelainville, 2
Box 2 No. 99 Bethelainville, 3.
Box 2 No. 100 Quarters of Foster & Kinsley, Bethelainville
Box 2 No. 101 Rearview C.O. Quarters, Bethelainville
Box 2 No. 102 Starboard side bow, La France
Box 2 No. 103 Bow view, La France
Box 2 No. 104 Stern starboard view
Box 2 No. 105 Starboard view showing wake
Box 2 No. 106 Smoke stacks
Box 2 No. 107 George Mellon and gang
Box 2 No. 108 Wireless tower, Brest
Box 2 No. 109 Cargill and Brown
Box 2 No. 110 Brest Harbor
Box 2 No. 111 Brest Harbor
Box 2 No. 112 Brest Harbor
Box 2 No. 113 Breakwater, Brest
Box 2 No. 114 French cruiser, Brest
Box 2 No. 115 U.S. battleship
Box 2 No. 116 Angers barracks 1
Box 2 No. 117 Angers barracks 2
Box 2 No. 118 Angers barracks 3
Box 2 No. 119 Drill ground, Angers
Box 2 No. 120 Angers, city
Box 2 No. 121 House, Angers
Box 2 No. 122 Statue of Liberty
Box 2 No. 123 Statue of Liberty
Box 2 No. 124 Bird park, Nancy
Box 2 No. 125 Main court, Nancy
Box 2 No. 126 Main arch, Nancy
Box 2 No. 127 Scene looking through arch
Box 2 No. 128 Municipal building, Nancy
Box 2 No. 129 Drill ground, Angers
Box 2 No. 130 Day I left for home
Box 2 No. 131 Sgt. Cargill
Box 2 No. 132 Colombes les Belle
Box 2 No. 133 Colombes les Belle
Box 2 No. 134 Toule station
Box 2 No. 135 Captured guns, Paris
Box 2 No. 136 Moi at Colomey
Box 2 No. 137 Mouver, Colomey
Box 2 No. 138 Hangers at field
Box 2 No. 139 Hangers at field
Box 2 No. 140 The old wood pile, Belrainville
Box 2 No. 141 Typical French dog, Colombo
Box 2 No. 142 Canal and barge
Box 2 No. 143 “B” flight
Box 2 No. 144 Bill Maurger
Box 2 No. 145 Schoelkoff Hall 1
Box 2 No. 146 Schoelkoff Hall 2
Box 2 No. 147 Schoelkoff Hall 3
Box 2 No. 148 Schoelkoff Hall 4
Box 2 No. 149 New Armory
Box 2 No. 150 Old Armory 1
Box 2 No. 151 Old Armory 2
Box 2 No. 152 Hydroplane, rear view, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 153 Sopwith #23, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 154 5 plane formation, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 155 4 plane formation, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 156 Hieuport diving, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 157 Kinsley in Hieuport, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 158 Kinsley in front of Hieuport, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 159 Spadl in front of Hieuport, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 160 Barracks, Cazaux
Box 2 No. 161 Dagon, Kinder, La.
Box 2 No. 162 Dagon, Kinder, La.
Box 2 No. 163 1640 and 17, Kinder, La.
Box 2 No. 164 Kin in 1640
Box 2 No. 165 Trapper and Hayden, at hose, La.
Box 2 No. 166 Foddy waiting, La.
Box 2 No. 167 Kin sitting in front of barracks
Box 2 No. 168 Porch of barracks, La.
Box 2 No. 169 Conlitte (?) sitting on porch
Box 2 No. 170 Porch near view
Box 2 No. 171 Porch from street
Box 2 No. 172 Ilogan at hydrant
Box 2 No. 173 1575 on line, La.
Box 2 No. 174 View of field, La.
Box 2 No. 175 Bandy by truck, La.
Box 2 No. 176 Field showing starting line
Box 2 No. 177 Bunch on field with snake
Box 2 No. 178 Smithie on truck, La.
Box 2 No. 179 Hogan standing by truck
Box 2 No. 180 Ourches Field, France
Box 2 No. 181 Ourches from air
Box 2 No. 182 Railroad
Box 2 No. 183 Village of Ourches
Box 2 No. 184 Barracks field 8 ISSO
Box 2 No. 185 Road scene from Ourches
Box 2 No. 186 Ilogan and George, field 8, Issace
Box 2 No. 187 Three of us, field 8, Issodun
Box 2 No. 188 Ilogan in Spadl, Issodun
Box 2 No. 189 George and me at Brooklyn
Box 2 No. 190 Kin in G. Baxter’s backyard
Box 2 No. 191 George shooting dice at Amagansett
Box 2 No. 192 G. and “Chan” in sun parlor
Box 2 No. 193 G. and “Chan” in sun parlor
Box 2 No. 194 Kin and “Chan” in sun parlor
Box 2 No. 195 Kin by bath house
Box 2 No. 196 Country club, Hampton
Box 2 No. 197 Blimp at tennis court
Box 2 No. 198 Miss Dingbat on porch