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Maj George Earl Preddy, Jr

Maj George Earl Preddy, Jr

Birth
Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
Death 25 Dec 1944 (aged 25)
Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium
Burial Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France
Plot Plot A Row 21 Grave 43
Memorial ID 56651988 · View Source
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World War II Flying Ace. Credited with 26.83 victories, he was the top-scoring P-51 Mustang ace of World War II. He was a barnstorming pilot before the war in North Carolina and was rejected three times for naval service before joining the Army Air Corps in 1940. He trained as a fighter pilot during 1941 and was assigned to the 49th Pursuit Group in Australia, where he flew vs the Japanese and was credited with two damaged Japanese aircraft. He went home on leave in August 1942 after a serious mid-air collision with a squadron mate and was reassigned to the European theater, joining the 352nd Fighter Group after recovering from his injuries. He made his first combat flight over Occupied Europe in September 1943 and shot down his first German aircraft in December. He became an ace on May 13, 1944. In July, he shot down 4 enemy aircraft on a single mission, but his best day came on August 6th, 1944, when he shot down 6 German Bf-109 fighters. For this mission he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and leave in the US. Upon return from leave in October, he was named the commanding officer of the 328th Squadron in the 352nd Fighter Group. His unit took part in the Battle of the Bulge, where on Christmas Day, while chasing a lone Focke Wulf 190, he was accidentally shot down by US ground troops near Liege, Belgium. His story is told in the book "George Preddy, Top Mustang Ace", by Joe Noah and Samuel L. Sox. Business I-85 in Greensboro, North Carolina is named Preddy Boulevard after him and his brother Bill, also a Mustang pilot killed in action.

Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert


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  • Maintained by: Peterborough K
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj George Earl Preddy, Jr (5 Feb 1919–25 Dec 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56651988, citing Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Peterborough K (contributor 46537737) .