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 Neel Ernest Kearby

Neel Ernest Kearby

Birth
Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas, USA
Death 5 Mar 1944 (aged 32)
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot Garden Of Devotion Block 13 Lot 19 Space 7 & 8
Memorial ID 9805 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as Colonel in command of the 348th Fighter Group, 5th Fighter Command, US Army Air Corps. On October 11, 1943, he led a group of four fighters in New Guinea out on patrol to scout enemy numbers and positions. After observing several targets and personally downing one enemy fighter, his group came upon 36 enemy fighters escorting twelve bombers. Despite being out numbered, he ordered a diving attack with himself shooting down three aircraft on his first pass. He ordered a retreat to high altitude, but saw one of his planes pursued by three enemy fighters, dove into an attack on one and then the other two planes, downing them all. Returning with his group intact, Kearby scored six kills, the largest number of kills scored by any American pilot in a single day. For this action, he was presented Medal of Honor by General Douglas MacArthur on January 23, 1944. On patrol March 4, 1944, Colonel Kearby was shot down and killed during an attack on enemy bombers.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 4 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9805
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Neel Ernest Kearby (5 Jun 1911–5 Mar 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9805, citing Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .