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  • Heroes of the 4th Fighter Wing: Lt. Col. George Davis

    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.
  • Battle of Britain: RAF piano burning tradition

    The heritage of the 4th Fighter Wing began with the Royal Air Force Eagle Squadrons in World War II. Long before Pearl Harbor and American entry into the war, these American volunteers fought with England against the Nazis. These squadrons, 71, 121 and 133, became the 334th, 335th and 336th Fighter Squadrons of the 4th Fighter Group in September 1942. Every year the 4 FW commemorates the Battle of Britain. This year’s event will take place at Sept. 15 2017 to coincide with the wing’s 75th Anniversary. The highlight of the event, this year and every year, will be the burning of the pianos. Multiple squadrons on base are scheduled to enter a piano in the competition. Each piano will be distinctively decorated, often in the colors and emblem of each squadron. The rules of the competition appear to be a bit murky. This is most likely due to the excitement generated by combining those two party favorites: enthusiasm and fire. The first place piano is saved from the fire to be returned to the squadron. The second place piano squadron is awarded a prize, but their piano is sentenced to the flames. Third through next to last, no prize and off to the fire. The last place piano is supposed to be spared, but most often winds up in the inferno.