Davidson, James H., Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0770-Airplane Pilot
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1949-1950, United States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)
Service Years
1942 - 1962
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Birmingham, AL
Last Address
Merritt Island, FL

Date of Passing
Aug 26, 2010
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 68 Site 2058

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple HeartVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
  2010, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


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James Davidson (1919 - 2010)

 
James H. (Jim) Davidson, born December 1, 1919, in Birmingham, Ala., passed away, Thursday, August 26, 2010. He joined the Air Force at 17 years old.
Jim flew missions from England and several bases in France as pilot in the 456th Bomb Squadron, 323rd Bomb Group, 9th Air Force. On his 44th mission against a target in Germany, an anti-aircraft shell shattered his canopy and wounded him in the back, left shoulder and right arm. He couldn't move his left arm. Jim thought he might bleed to death before getting medical attention. In spite of the terrific noise in the cockpit, shock, pain, loss of the use of his left arm and loss of blood, Jim managed to fly the airplane to a base in Belgium. He landed safely with one hand and braked to a stop just as he was slipping into unconsciousness. For this he was awarded the purple heart.
Jim stayed in the Air Force after the war and participated in the Berlin Airlift. He has been stationed in Germany, Greece, Italy, North Africa, Thailand during the Vietnam War, and several bases in the U.S. After retiring from the Air Force, he returned to college where he earned BSBA and BSBM degrees, graduating magna cum laude. He has held State Post Commander in the VFW, Department of State Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and National Vice Commander, Region 4.
After retiring, Jim and his wife Ruth lived in St. Petersburg and Punta Gorda, Fla. Following Ruth's death, Jim moved to Merritt Island, Fla., in 2003.
He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Jane Davidson of Titusville; sister, Joyce Steadman of Joppa, Ala.; nephew, Warren Sumerall, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, and memorial services will be held soon at Courtenay Springs Village.

Published in FLORIDA TODAY on August 31, 2010
   
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 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight School456th Bombardment Squadron, Medium323rd  Bombardment Group, MediumUnited States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)
  1943-1943, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1944, 456th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1943-1945, 323rd Bombardment Group, Medium
  1949-1950, United States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1961-1962 Vietnam Advisory Campaign (1961-65)
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B-26 Marauder  
  1943-1945, B-26 Marauder
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