McMillan, George Bray, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1065-Fighter Unit Commander
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1944-1944, Air Ace
Service Years
1939 - 1944
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Winter Garden
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jun 24, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
China
Conflict
World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 12 Site 3375

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 Unit Assignments
55th Pursuit Squadron, Fighter1st Pursuit Squadron1st American Volunteer Group (1st AVG)51st Fighter Group
14th Air ForceChina-Burma-India (CBI)449th Fighter SquadronUS Air Force
  1939-1940, M 1055, 55th Pursuit Squadron, Fighter
  1940-1941, M 1055, 1st Pursuit Squadron
  1941-1942, M 1055, 1st American Volunteer Group (1st AVG)
  1943-1944, M 1065, 51st Fighter Group
  1943-1944, M 1065, 14th Air Force
  1943-1944, M 1065, CBI Air Groups/Squadrons
  1944-1944, M 1065, 449th Fighter Squadron
  1944-1944, Air Ace
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1941-1945 World War II
  1941-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
 Colleges Attended 
The Citadel
  1934-1938, The Citadel1
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  
  1940-1942, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1942-1944, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
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Last Known Activity
Lt. Col. McMillan is listed as a WWII "Ace" having shot down 8.5 Japanese aircraft during his tours in Asia.

Lt. Col. McMillan was commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the Army Air Corps, earning his pilot's wings in 1939, at Randolph Field.. He served as a fighter pilot in the 20th Pursuit Group, 55th Pursuit Squadron, Moffet Field, California, and 23rd Composite Group, 1st Pursuit Squadron, Eglin Field, Florida.

He resigned his commission as a 1st Lt. to go to China with the American Volunteer Group (AVG), known as the "Flying Tigers", serving as a Flight Leader with the 3rd Pursuit Squadron and scoring 4.5 aerial victories, flying a P-40.

He returned to the U.S. in 1942 after the AVG was disbanded. He was recommissioned in the U.S. Army Air Force with the rank of Major. He returned to China in 1943, serving briefly in the 69th Chinese-American Composite Wing and the 51st Fighter Group, before taking over as commanding officer of the 449th Fighter Squadron.

He attained the rank of Lt. Col. and scored four more kills, flying a P-38. He was killed in action southeast of Pingsiang, China, on 24 June 1944.

He received the Bronze Star, two Air Medals with oak leaf cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross (posthumous), and the Order of the Cloud and Banner, 5th Class (Republic of China).
And much later, the China War Memorial Medal (1941-1945)
He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Plot: Section 12 Site 3375.
   
Comments/Citation
Notes/links:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=14596332/
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_mc_millan_g_b.php
http://www.citadel.edu/citadel-history/war-deaths/all-fallen-alumni.html?q=war-deaths/all&sort=asc&order=First
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/51st_Operations_Group#World_War_II

http://ranger95.com/airforce/airforces/14th_af_units.html
http://www.cbi-history.com/part_ib.html
http://www.cbi-history.com/part_i.html#106 (449th Fighter Squadron info)
http://www.cbi-history.com/part_ib.html#1a (Flying Tiger Memorial at the USAFA) http://www.americanfighteraces.org/wwllusaf_k-m.html (listing as an "ace")

http://www.citadelalumni.org/dcal/detail.php?id=54 (1st Air Ace from The Citadel) http://history.sandiego.edu/gen/st/~doniloharmon/page20.html http://citadelhistory.weebly.com/images.html (photo with the 3rd PS in China) http://history.sandiego.edu/gen/st/~doniloharmon/page20.html (confirmed air victories in China)

Text:
Carl Molesworth, P-40 Warhawk aces of the CBI, Osprey Publishing Co., 2000.


 
   
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