Ernest Fiebelkorn was born on December 12, 1922, in Pontiac, Michigan. He enlisted in the reserves of the Army Air Corps on May 21, 1942, and entered the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Forces on November 8, 1942. Fiebelkorn was commissioned a 2nd Lt and awarded his pilot wings at Williams Army Air Field, Arizona, on August 30, 1943, and after completing P-38 Lightning training, he was assigned to the 79th and then the 77th Fighter Squadron of the 20th Fighter Group in the European Theater from January to December 1944. During this time he was credited with destroying 9 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 1 damaged, as well as 2 enemy aircraft on the ground while strafing enemy airfields. Capt Fiebelkorn next served at Stockton, California, Luke Field in Arizona, Lemoore and Chico, California, Paine Field in Washington, Portland, Oregon, and at Pinedale and Hamilton Field, California, from February 1945 until he left active duty on February 9, 1947. He was recalled to active duty with the U.S. Air Force on December 2, 1947, and served with the 2nd Fighter Squadron of the 52nd Fighter Group at Mitchel Field, New York, from December 1947 to December 1948. His next assignment was with the 82nd Fighter Squadron at Hamilton AFB, California, where he served from December 1948 to February 1949. Fiebelkorn then joined the 4th Fighter Squadron of the 51st Fighter Group at Naha Air Base, Japan, in April 1949, where he flew the F-82 Twin Mustang during the opening days of the Korean War. He was killed in action in Korea on July 6, 1950, and after his remains were located in 1953, he was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
His 3rd Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Citation reads:
Captain Ernest C. Fiebelkorn, AO753639, United States Air Force (now missing in action) distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight as pilot of an F-82 type aircraft on 6 July 1950. Captain Fiebelkorn led a flight of four F-82 all-weather fighter type aircraft to the Suwon-Seoul area, Korea, upon very short notice, and over a long distance under extremely adverse weather conditions. The mission of the flight was to contact a forward control aircraft in order to receive instructions for strafing a group of enemy tanks that had broken through our lines. The entire target area was covered by a low under cast and after several unsuccessful attempts by Captain Fiebelkorn to contact the controller aircxraft, he did voluntarily let down through the dangerous undercast over mountainous terrain, in a final attempt to make contact and engage the enemy. No more was heard from Captain Fiebelkorn by the remainder of the flight waiting aloft. The exemplary courage and selfless devotion to duty demonstrated by Captain Fiebelkorn reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.