Alison, John Richardson, Maj Gen Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0273-Airplane Pilot
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Last Unit
1947-1972, 2, Air Force Reserve Command
Service Years
1935 - 1972
Major General

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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1912
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Gainesville, Florida
Last Address
Washington, DC

Date of Passing
Jun 06, 2011
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 30, Site 332-2

 Official Badges 

Commander WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was credited with 6 victories in aerial combat plus 1 probable and 1 damaged. He and col. Philip Cochran were the legendary co-commanders of the 1st air Commando Group.
His DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Major (Air Corps) John R. Alison (ASN: 0-21393), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 16th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, TENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 30 July 1942, over Hengyang, China. On that date, Major Alison took off in a P-40 fighting plane at 1:00 a.m. to intercept an enemy formation of three heavy bombers flying at 15,000 feet over Hengyang. Without hesitation, he closed for attack upon this superior force, and although receiving fire from the hostile wing ships in engine and cockpit, he delivered fire in succession to each of the three bombers, two of which burst into flames and crashed. The other turned from the attack with smoke pouring from both engines and probably did not reach its home base. With his damaged plane failing and pursuit impossible, Major Alison would have been justified under the circumstances, in leaving his ship by parachute, but he chose to attempt a night crash landing in order to save his vitally needed equipment. Being unable to reach the field, he landed in a nearby river, from which his plane was salvaged. In attacking this superior force at night, destroying two bombers and possibly the entire hostile formation after his ship had been damaged by enemy cross fire, and then attempting to save his stricken plane, Major Alison displayed extraordinary heroism and outstanding skill. His unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 10th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces-China/Burma/India, General Orders No. 8 (September 12, 1942)

Action Date: 30-Jul-42

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Major

Company: 16th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 51st Fighter Group

Division: 10th Air Force
   
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_R._Alison
http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123259849
http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=633
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/john-r-   
   
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 Unit Assignments
Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development/Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)Aviation Cadet Flight School33rd Pursuit SquadronUS AIR FORCE
75th Fighter Squadron  - Tiger SharksUS AIR FORCE/Air Ace23rd Fighter GroupFar East Air Forces
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)1st Air Commando GroupAir Force Reserve Command
  1935-1935, Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development/Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)
  1936-1937, M 0273, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1937-1941, M 1055, 33rd Pursuit Squadron
  1937-1941, M 1055, 8th Pursuit Group
  1941-1941, M 1055, Pursuit Units
  1942-1943, M 1065, 75th Fighter Squadron - Tiger Sharks
  1942-1943, M 1055, US AIR FORCE/Air Ace
  1942-1943, M 1055, 23rd Fighter Group
  1942-1945, Far East Air Forces
  1943-1944, 5318th Provisional Air Unit
  1944-1945, 1st Air Commando Group
  1947-1972, 2, Air Force Reserve Command
 Colleges Attended 
University of Florida
  1931-1935, University of Florida
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-36 Hawk  B-10 Martin Bomber  B-25 Mitchell  
A-20 Havoc  CG-4 Glider  C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1941-1945, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1941-1945, P-36 Hawk
  1941-1945, B-10 Martin Bomber
  1941-1945, B-25 Mitchell
  1941-1945, A-20 Havoc
  1941-1945, CG-4 Glider
  1941-1945, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1943-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
 Combat and Operations History
  1941-1945 Wars and Conflicts/World War II
  1942-1945 Missions/Operations/Various Missions Over China & Burma & India 1941-45
 Military Association Memberships
National Aviation Hall of FameAir Force Association (AFA)Air Commando AssociationAmerican Fighter Aces Association
  2005, National Aviation Hall of Fame
  2009, Air Force Association (AFA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Air Commando Association [Verified]1
  2009, American Fighter Aces Association
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