|Birth: ||Feb. 17, 1916|
|Death: ||Jun. 28, 2005|
St. Joseph News-Press:
FAUCETT, Mo. — Fred Marion Allison Jr., 89, Faucett, died Tuesday, June 28, 2005, at his residence.
Mr. Allison was born Feb. 17, 1916, in Rushville, Mo. He was the son of Zetta B. (Faucett) and Fred M. Allison Sr. His mother was a granddaughter of Robert H. Faucett, who settled in Buchanan County, Mo., from Ireland in 1858, a benefactor of the town founded in 1890 that bears his name.
Fred moved with his family to Atchison, Kan., at the age of four. He was a Class of 1933 graduate of Atchison High School, where he was a track star. He attended the Atchison Business College and St. Benedict's College before joining the staff of Exchange National Bank in Atchison.
He married Opal Lee Church on Jan. 8, 1939, at the First Christian Church in Atchison. She preceded him in death on Jan. 4, 1993.
Immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Fred joined the United States Army Air Corps. Trained as a fighter pilot and commissioned in 1942, he was assigned to the 352nd Fighter Group, 487th Squadron of the 8th Air Force. He served overseas in early 1943 and was stationed at Bodney Field, north of London.
He achieved a notable record with the Air Corps, flying 118 combat missions; and being awarded the Air Medal with three Oak-Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with three Oak-Leaf Clusters and the European Theatre Ribbon with three stars representing his participation in all major battles prior to Oct. 9, 1943; all major battles from that date until D-Day and in the Battle of D-Day, June 6, 1944.
He flew the P-47 Thunderbolt for strafing missions over Germany, France and Holland until D-Day, after which he flew the P-51 Mustang becoming an ace and credited with nine aerial victories. By 1944, a flight commander with the rank of captain, he was serving part-time as an instructor in England. When he returned stateside in 1945, he continued to train replacement P-51 pilots until the close of the war in Europe. On the official Honor Roll of Flying Aces of World War II, he is one of only six Kansans listed.
He returned to the Exchange National Bank in Atchison, where he resided until 1953 when he and his family moved to their farm near Faucett, where he lived the rest of his life.
In the Faucett community, Mr. Allison was a member and elder of the Faucett Christian Church, where he served on the board and as a teacher as he had done for his church in Atchison. He also was a member of the Missouri Pilot's Association, Faucett Lion's Club and the American Legion.
He also was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, William Faucett Allison; and his son, Paul Edward Allison.
Survivors: his daughter, Reba Carter, and her husband, Joseph of the home; two granddaughters, Trinity Loehner of St. Joseph and Nicole Wiser of Utah; his grandson, Jeremy Ledford of Faucett; his step grandson, Gabe Cartaer of Warrensburg, MO; his step granddaughter, Kelli Williams of Cowgill MO; five great-grandchildren; his sister, Betty Lou Dagenais of Atchison; and several nieces and nephews.
Service: 10 a.m. Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment: Faucett Cemetery, Faucett, where a military service will be conducted under the auspices of the 139th Airlift Wing of the Missouri Air National Guard. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, where friends may call after 1 p.m. Thursday. The family suggests memorial gifts to the Faucett Christian Church.
Fred Allison (1884 - 1970)
Created by: Kelly
Record added: Sep 27, 2009
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