Davis, George Andrew, Jr., Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 770-Airplane Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1952-1952, 334th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
Service Years
1942 - 1952
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Dublin
Last Address
Sinuiju, North Korea

Casualty Date
Feb 10, 1952
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
City of Lubbock Cemetery - Lubbock, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 45, Corner Of Dogwood & Azalia

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Cold War Medal Air Ace


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Korean War FallenAmerican Fighter Aces AssociationMedal of Honor Recipients
  1952, Korean War Fallen
  1952, American Fighter Aces Association
  1952, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Command)


 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
348th Fighter Group5th Air Force1st Fighter GroupAir Education and Training Command
4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing342nd Fighter SquadronUnited States Army Air Corps (USAAC)71st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
334th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1942-1943, 312th Bombardment Group, Light
  1943-1943, 348th Fighter Group
  1943-1943, 5th Air Force
  1947-1947, 1st Fighter Group
  1947-1947, Air Education and Training Command
  1951-1951, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing
  1952-1952, 342nd Fighter Squadron
  1952-1952, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1952-1952, 71st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1952-1952, 334th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Papua Campaign (1942-43)
  1950-1952 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
Harding UniversityAir University
  1938-1942, Harding University
  1947-1947, Air University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
PT-19 Trainer  AT-6 Texan  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  
P-51/F-51 Mustang  B-25 Mitchell  F-86 Sabre  
  1942-1942, PT-19 Trainer
  1942-1942, AT-6 Texan
  1943-1943, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1943-1943, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1945-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1945-1945, B-25 Mitchell
  1950-1950, F-86 Sabre
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Last Known Activity

Throughout his career, Davis was credited with 21 confirmed victories, 1 probable victory and 2 aircraft damaged. This made him one of only 30 US pilots to gain more than 20 confirmed victories over their careers. He had been known to be an extremely talented pilot and was especially accurate at deflection shooting, even from long distances against moving targets. Davis was one of 1,297 World War II aces from the United States, with seven confirmed kills during that war. He later became one of 41 Korean War aces from the United States, with 14 confirmed victories during that war. At the time of his death he was the top-scoring ace from the US, making him the ace of aces. By the end of the war, he was the fourth-highest scoring ace.


During the Korean War, Davis' accomplishments were particularly noteworthy. He was the only F-86 pilot to be awarded the Medal of Honor, and he was one of very few pilots who was able to score multiple kills on a single patrol. This was an extremely rare feat, which Davis accomplished on four occasions and which was rivaled only by fellow ace James Jabara who also scored a notable number of double victories. In shooting down four Chinese aircraft on November 30, 1951, Davis scored the most kills in a single day of any pilot in the war. Davis also took the shortest time to become a double ace; just 17 days in Korea. The next best pilot achieved the feat in 51 days.


Davis is one of six US Air Force pilots and seven US pilots overall who achieved ace status as both a piston-engined pilot in World War II and as a jet pilot in a later conflict. The others are Francis S. GabreskiJames P. HagerstromWilliam T. WhisnerVermont Garrison and Harrison Thyng, as well as John F. Bolt of the US Marine Corps.


   
Comments/Citation
Medal of Honor Citation:
Maj. Davis distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While leading a flight of 4 F-86 Saberjets on a combat aerial patrol mission near the Manchurian border, Maj. Davis' element leader ran out of oxygen and was forced to retire from the flight with his wingman accompanying him. Maj. Davis and the remaining F-86's continued the mission and sighted a formation of approximately 12 enemy MIG-15 aircraft speeding southward toward an area where friendly fighter-bombers were conducting low level operations against the Communist lines of communications. With selfless disregard for the numerical superiority of the enemy, Maj. Davis positioned his 2 aircraft, then dove at the MIG formation. While speeding through the formation from the rear he singled out a MIG-15 and destroyed it with a concentrated burst of fire. Although he was now under continuous fire from the enemy fighters to his rear, Maj. Davis sustained his attack. He fired at another MIG-15 which, bursting into smoke and flames, went into a vertical dive. Rather than maintain his superior speed and evade the enemy fire being concentrated on him, he elected to reduce his speed and sought out still a third MIG-15. During this latest attack his aircraft sustained a direct hit, went out of control, then crashed into a mountain 30 miles south of the Yalu River. Maj. Davis' bold attack completely disrupted the enemy formation, permitting the friendly fighter-bombers to successfully complete their interdiction mission. Maj. Davis, by his indomitable fighting spirit, heroic aggressiveness, and superb courage in engaging the enemy against formidable odds exemplified valor at its highest.

Distinguished Service Cross Citation:
 
The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Major George Andrew Davis, Jr. (AFSN: 0-671514/13035A), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Squadron Commander, 334th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, FIFTH Air Force, on 27 November 1951, during an engagement with enemy aircraft near Sinanju, Korea. While leading a group formation of thirty-two F-86 aircraft on a counter air mission, Major Davis observed six MIG-15 aircraft headed southward above the group. With exemplary leadership and superior airmanship, he maneuvered his forces into position for attack. Leading with great tactical skill and courage, Major Davis closed to 800 feet on a MIG-15 over Namsi. He fired on the enemy aircraft, which immediately began burning. A few seconds later, the enemy pilot bailed out of his aircraft. Continuing the attack on the enemy forces, Major Davis fired on the wingman of the enemy flight, which resulted in numerous strikes on the wing roots and the fuselage. As Major Davis broke off his relentless attack on this MIG-l5, another MIG-15 came down on him. He immediately brought his aircraft into firing position upon the enemy and after a sustained barrage of fire, the enemy pilot bailed out. Although low on fuel, he rejoined his group and reorganized his forces to engage the approximate 80 enemy aircraft making the attack. Against overwhelming odds, Major Davis' group destroyed two other MIG-15 aircraft, probably destroyed one and damaged one other. Major Davis' aggressive leadership, his flying skill and devotion to duty contributed invaluable to the United Nations' cause and reflect great credit on himself, the Far East Air forces and the United States Air Force.

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