George R. Davis

Picture of George Davis GEORGE R. DAVIS, born on January 30, 1921 in Danielson, Conn. He graduated from Killingly High School and attended Iowa State College until enlisting into aviation cadet training in April 1942.

He attended Parks Air College in E. St. Louis, Illinois and was commissioned in May 1943 at Eagle Pass, Texas, Class 43E. Transition was in the P-47 at Westover Field, Mass. and he joined the 368th Fighter Group, 396th Squadron at its activation on the base.

Later, his unit continued training at Republic Aircraft Field in Farmingdale, L.I. The unit proceeded to England in December 1943, being assigned to the 9th Air Force. After a few escort missions, the objective was close support to ground troops. Davis participated in the first scheduled flight of planes to land on the continent at a partially completed air strip near the Normandy beachhead in France, this being two days after the "D" Day invasion. He followed and gave support to ground troops through France, Belgium and into Germany,the final base being at Frankfurt.

During Sept., 1944, he had a tour of duty as forward ground-to-air controller in "Cut-break One," a Sherman tank of the 2nd Armored Division covering the area from Maastricht, Holland to Aachen, Germany.

After returning to air duty (during the Battle of the Bulge), he experienced engine failure and belly landed in a field. An artillery spotting cub removed him to a more secure area. It took several days getting back to home base.

Davis flew the Jug a total of 700 hours, had 102 combat missions and destroyed one E.A. He was awarded the D.F.C., Air Medal with 16 clusters, and European campaign with 5 battle stars.

He returned to the U.S.A. in June 1945 and was discharged to the U.S. Air Force Reserve in November 1945. He married Priscilla Dean in June 1946 in Danielson, Conn. and they raised two sons, losing one piloting an F.-106 in 1973. Davis and his sister operate the F.C. Davis Transportation Co., Inc., a tank truck transporter of petroleum products.

In May 1971, having completed 28 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, he was retired as a Lt. Col.

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John Abbotts P-47 transition followed at Pocatello, Idaho and Greenville, Texas after which he was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group in England. When the news of his arrival reached Berlin, Hitler retired to his bunker with his cyanide capsule and revolver. Eva found the news equally depressing.
Asa A. Adair He returned to the States in August of 1944 after participating in the invasion "D" Day. He flew P-63's, P-51's, F-80's, T-33's, F-84's, T-38's, P-47's in numerous assignments during the following twenty years in in, Japan, U.S.A. and Europe before retiring after twenty-six years of Active Duty.
Edward B. Addison The 507th Fighter Group, equipped with P-47N's, won the Presidential Unit Citation for destroying 32 Japanese aircraft in the air on one mission to Seoul, Korea. The average flying time for raids to Korea and Japan would be 7 to 9 hours flying time. In a total of 31 months, the 507th not only provided top cover for B-29's, but also dive-bombed, napalm-bombed and flew low-level on strafing missions.
Levon B. Agha-Zarian It is rumored that he, took his primary training on a flying rug. He flew Spits, briefly, in England, but as the, war moved to the East, he was sent to India as a Sgt. Pilot and first saw action from Ceylon, flying the Curtiss P.36, the Brewster Buffalo, and the Hurricane. At this point he might have opted for the rug! This was at the time of the fall of Singapore and the sinking of the Prince of Wales and the Repulse.
George N. Ahles Posted to A-20 light bomber squadron Barksdale Field, Louisiana. . Group moved to Hunter Air Base Savannah, Georgia. Qualified for Pilot training November 1940. Entered Aviation Cadets January 1942. Presented wings November 1942 class of 42-J. Married Mary Louise while in Advanced Pilot Training at Craig AFB, Selma, Alabama, September 1942.
Roy J. Aldritt Shortly after the group moved to France he ran into some unseen flak and was forced to make a nylon descent behind the lines; some evasion and a lot of luck had him back with his unit in 24 hours.
Eugene J. Amaral After graduation from Stonington High School he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in December 1942 and was called to active duty in March, 1943. He received his wings and commission at Spence Field, Georgia as a member of the Class of 43-C.
Talmadge L. Ambrose Flew 84 missions thru VE Day, was downed by 22mm ground fire over Siefried Line. He destroyed 11 enemy aircraft, 9 known confirmed in air and on ground, including 4 FW 190-D's in one afternoon over Hanover, Germany, April 8, 1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, 17 man, Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Pacific Theatre and European Theatre Meda1s with 5 Battle Stars and Unit Citation Medal.
John C. Anderson After P-47 transition he was assigned to the 406th Fighter Group, 512th Fighter Squadron. (E.T .0.) He flew 56 missions through January, 1945 destroying supply routes, bridges, and railroads; he also flew close support missions with the ground forces, with attacks on tanks, artillery and enemy positions.
William Anderson It was not always flak,two ME-109's beat the hell out of me one day. The central controller called me and said "Basher-Red Leader do you have contact Bandits," I replied, "I sure do, I'll bring them over the field in 3 minutes, they're chasing me home." Got all the usual medals including two Belgium and two French but one I'm most proud of is the Silver Star -it is the greatest.
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