Major George Davis
U. S. Army Air Force and U. S. Air Force
George Davis was born on December 1, 1920 in Dublin, Texas. He joined the U. S. Army at Lubbock, Texas.
World War II Pacific Theater Service
During the Pacific War, assigned to the 5th Air Force, 348th Fighter Group, 342nd Fighter Squadron "Scourgers" flying the P-47D Thunderbolt from Finschafen Airfield. Nicknamed "Curly" because he had straight black hair.
On December 31, 1943 on a mission over Arawe his formation intercepted attacking D3A2 Val dive bombers escorted by A6M Zero fighters. In the combat, Davis claimed a Val shot down after it completed its bomb run.
WWII Aerial Victory Claims
December 31, 1943 1 x D3A2 Val over Arawe
February 3, 1944 1 x Ki-61 Tony over Wewak
December 10, 1944 2 x Ki-61 Tony over Cebu
December 20, 1944 1 x A6M Zero over Mindoro
December 23, 1944 2 x A6M Zero over Clark Field
World War II Total: 7 victories
Korean War Service
Assigned as commanding officer C.O. of the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force.
Missing In Action
On February 10, 1952 took off piloting F-86 Sabre 51-2752 on a interception mission over the Sinuiju-Yalu River area and claimed two MiG-15s shot down. before he was hit and crashed. When he failed to return, Davis was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Korean War Aerial Victory Claims
February 10, 1952 2 x MiG-15 over Sinuiju
Korean War Total: 14 victories
Medal of Honor Citation Posthumous
Citation: "Maj. Davis distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While leading a flight of 4 F-86 Saberjets on a combat aerial patrol mission near the Manchurian border, Maj. Davis' element leader ran out of oxygen and was forced to retire from the flight with his wingman accompanying him. Maj. Davis and the remaining F-86's continued the mission and sighted a formation of approximately 12 enemy MIG-15 aircraft speeding southward toward an area where friendly fighter-bombers were conducting low level operations against the Communist lines of communications. With selfless disregard for the numerical superiority of the enemy, Maj. Davis positioned his 2 aircraft, then dove at the MIG formation. While speeding through the formation from the rear he singled out a MIG-15 and destroyed it with a concentrated burst of fire. Although he was now under continuous fire from the enemy fighters to his rear, Maj. Davis sustained his attack. He fired at another MIG-15 which, bursting into smoke and flames, went into a vertical dive. Rather than maintain his superior speed and evade the enemy fire being concentrated on him, he elected to reduce his speed and sought out still a third MIG-15. During this latest attack his aircraft sustained a direct hit, went out of control, then crashed into a mountain 30 miles south of the Yalu River. Maj. Davis' bold attack completely disrupted the enemy formation, permitting the friendly fighter-bombers to successfully complete their interdiction mission. Maj. Davis, by his indomitable fighting spirit, heroic aggressiveness, and superb courage in engaging the enemy against formidable odds exemplified valor at its highest."
342nd Fighter Squadron "Scourgers" - Lt. Davis photographs circa 1943-1944
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