Editor’s note: This year, 2017, is the 75th anniversary of the 4th Fighter Wing. To celebrate this, we will publish a series of articles about the greatest heroes of the 4th Fighter Wing.
The highest honor bestowed by the U.S. for courage in battle is the Medal of Honor. Of the many great heroes of the 4th Fighter Wing, only one, Lt. Col. George Davis, received the Medal of Honor.
George Andrew Davis Jr. was born in Dublin, Texas, Dec. 1, 1920. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps at Lubbock, Texas, March 21, 1942.
In August 1943 Davis entered the Pacific arena of World War II when he was assigned to the 342nd Fighter Squadron of the 348th Fighter Group. Flying the P-47 Thunderbolt, Davis shot down two Japanese aircraft Dec. 10, 1944. Ten days later, he shot down another. On Dec. 24, 1944, Davis shot down three Japanese aircraft.