Alison, John Richardson, Maj Gen

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 770-Airplane Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1947-1972, 2, Air Force Reserve Command
Service Years
1935 - 1972
Officer Collar Insignia
Major General

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Alison, John Richardson, Maj Gen USAF(Ret).

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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 Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
National Aviation Hall of FameAir Force Association (AFA)Air Commando AssociationAmerican Fighter Aces Association
Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  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
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 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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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School33rd Pursuit Squadron8th Pursuit GroupUS Embassy
75th Fighter Squadron  - Tiger Sharks23rd Fighter GroupFar East Air ForcesSupport Units
1st Air Commando GroupAir Force Reserve Command
  1936-1937, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1937-1941, AAF MOS 1055, 33rd Pursuit Squadron
  1937-1941, AAF MOS 1055, 8th Pursuit Group
  1941-1941, AAF MOS 1055, US Embassy, Moscow, Russia
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1065, 75th Fighter Squadron - Tiger Sharks
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 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
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
 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
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