Davis, Clayton Eugene, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1946-1946, Vermont Air National Guard
Service Years
1942 - 1970
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Contact Info
Home Town
Montpelier, Vermont
Last Address
Shalimar, Florida

Date of Passing
Mar 09, 1991
Location of Interment
Barrancas National Cemetery - Pensacola, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Air Force Retired

AAFTTC Instructor

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, American Fighter Aces Association

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
During WWII, he destroyed 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat, as well as 4 more on the ground before he had to bail out over enemy territory Aug 17, 1944; but he was able to evade the enemy and get back to Allied lines.
He also served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

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 Captain (Air Corps) Clayton E. Davis (ASN: 0-666887), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 487th Fighter Squadron, 352d Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 8 May 1944. On this date Captain Davis led a flight of fighter airplanes in an attack against fifteen enemy fighters and in the ensuing engagement destroyed one enemy airplane and assisted in the destruction of another. Captain Davis then joined two friendly fighters and was almost immediately attacked from above by twenty or more enemy fighters, one of which he destroyed. Alone at a very lone altitude and with only one gun firing, Captain Davis courageously attacked an destroyed an enemy fighter over an airdrome in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire. The heroic and fearless behavior of Captain Davis in the face of odds and grave danger reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 44 (July 22, 1944)

Action Date: 8-May-44

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 487th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 352d Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)487th Fighter SquadronUS Air Force
Air Force Reserve Command Vermont Air National Guard
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1055, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 487th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 352nd Fighter Group
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1945-1947, Air Force Reserve Command
  1946-1946, Vermont Air National Guard
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1953-1953 Korean War
  1969-1970 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  AT-6 Texan  T-28 Trojan  
F-86 Sabre  F-4 Phantom  
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1948-1950, AT-6 Texan
  1948-1950, T-28 Trojan
  1953-1957, F-86 Sabre
  1970-1970, F-4 Phantom
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