James L. Dunsworth


     Like most of the early Army pilots, 1/Lieut. Dunsworth transferred from another branch, the Coast Artillery, June 1, 1916, and a week later found himself a student at the Signal Corps Aviation School at San Diego, looking one of the first JN4s in the nose. He managed to break his mount of most bad habits, flew his FAI #612 October 25, and then passed the test for rating of Junior Military Aviator.
     The outbreak of the war found him in the First Aero Squadron on the border. After commanding Chanute Field he was overseas at various stations in the AEF, with French bombardment aviation and as commander 96th Day Bombardment Squadron. He commanded the First D. B. Group during the St. Mihiel offensive and the first part of the Meuse-Argonne.
     After the war he was Assistant Inspector, Assistant Adjutant General and Adjutant General, District of Paris, and later of the AEF. After settling AEF accounts he returned to the U. S. in 1920 as Instructor at the Academy. After a spell of illness he returned to the Coast Artillery and was retired on physical disability in 1922.
     Colonel Dunsworth is now a teacher in Lincoln High School, Los Angeles. He was born February 6, 1887, at Carrollton, Ill. After local schooling he was appointed to the Military Academy, where he graduated 1909. In 1933 he attended the University of Paris.
from CHIRP, APRIL 1, 1950 - NUMBER 43
courtesy of Steve Remington - CollectAir

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James L. Dunsworth died in 1956
From The Early Birds of Aviation Roster of Members, 1996

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