Major George E. Preddy
|Major George Preddy, of the 352nd Fighter Group, was born February
5, 1919. A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, he was a top AAC ace credited with
26.83 air-to-air victories and five planes destroyed by strafing. He shot down six of his
victims in a single mission on August 6, 1944.
Major Preddy flew P-40 Warhawks with the 9th FS/49th FG in defense of northern Australia. He was seriously injured during a practice interception mission when another a/c collided with his P-40. He was sent to back to the USA for recuperation. He was later assigned to the 487th FS/352nd FG and became Sq. Operations Officer in March, 1944. He was promoted to Major and assumed command of the 328th FS.
He was killed on Christmas Day of 1944 when, while flying at tree-top level inside American lines over Europe, his P-51 -- Cripes A'Mighty -- was mistaken for an enemy plane and was shot down by US antiaircraft gunners.
Decorations: Distinguished Service
Cross, Silver Star with OLC, Distinguished Flying Cross with
OLC, Air Medal with 7 OLC, Purple Heart, posthumous, Belgian
Croix de Guerre, posthumous
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