Last Wartime rank: Major
Killed in Action:
2 Air-Damaged (49th FG)
26.83 Air, 5 Strafing in 143 Sorties
Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star with OLC
Distinguished Flying Cross with 8 OLC
Air Medal with 7 OLC
Purple Heart, Posthumous
Belgian Croix de Guerre, Posthumous
Crew: 487th Fighter Squadron Crew
Assigned Combat Aircraft:
P-40E, Sq. #85, "TARHEEL"
P-51D-15-NA, PE*P (bar)
Flew P-40 Warhawks with the 9th FS/49th FG in defense of northern Australia. Seriously injured during a practice interception mission when another a/c collided with Preddy's P-40 and he was sent to USA for recuperation. Later assigned to the 487th FS/352nd FG and became Sq. Operations Officer Mar. 1944. Later promoted to Major and assumed command of the 328th FS. KIA by "friendly fire" on Christmas Day, 1944.
It took us 30 minutes to make the trip. I see now how great the airplane is.
That trip was the most wonderful experience I ever had.
I must become an aviator." George Preddy, Nov. 13, 1938
"George Preddy was the greatest fighter pilot who ever
Top Mustang Air Ace - 23.83 air victories in the P-51.
All but 1.5 Me 410 destroyers and 2.5 Ju 88 destroyers were victories against single-engined Bf 109 and Fw 190 fighters.
Six Bf 109 air kills in one sortie of August 6, 1944 plus two or more victories respectively on four other sorties