WWII Triple ace gone west

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    World War II Triple Ace Dies

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    if you go to this site: http://af.mil/bios/bio.asp?bioID=5598 you can access lt gen graham's full usaf biography---quite an impressive career! i'm sure he will be missed. h.whiteman.
     
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    Gordy "Ace" Graham

    Down for Double, then WRF near end of war

    Graham and Marshall at 1967 Fighter Aces reunion in New Orleans

    Wilson Marshall and Graham in front of 355HQ Building
     

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    One more bio from my book

    Graham, Gordon Marion (Gordy, Ace)
    Lieutenant General
    Born: February 16, 1918 – Ouray, Colorado

    Following graduation from University of California – Berkley, with BS Petroleum Engineering in 1940, he joined Army Reserves and commissioned a Second Lieutenant when he completed pilot training at Craig Field, Alabama in August, 1942. He served in Training Command and was promoted to Major before shipping out to ETO in late, July 1944. Graham’s logbook had more than 2700 hours of single engine time.

    He was assigned to 355th FG HQ in September, 1944 and became 354 Fighter Squadron CO after 354FS Ops Officer Lenfest became POW on October 3rd and Squadron CO Marshall was promoted to 355FG Deputy Group Commander on October 23, 1944.

    Major Gordy (Ace) Graham was a skilled and aggressive Squadron Commander and was able to shoot down his first 5 aircraft over a span of 20 days starting with an Fw 190 on Christmas Day, 1944, added two more on December 31st and then on January 14, 1945 he shot down a pair of Fw 190D-9’s southeast of Meppen. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in February and finished his aerial scoring on April 8 by shooting down two Me 109’s near Oberphaffenhofen A/D.

    Graham became the groups’ 17th air ace and one of the fastest to score five in the air, following only Bert Marshall in shortest time from first combat flight in elapsed time required to shoot down five.

    Following VE Day Graham stayed in the Air Force, received an MS from University of Pittsburg and promoted to Colonel January, 1951, then Brigadier General in 1962 and Major General in 1964. Following a tour in Viet Nam with 5AF HQ 1966-1967 he was promoted to Lieutenant General in 1968, commanding Fifth Air Force then Sixth Allied Tactical Air Force in Turkey before retiring in 1973.

    Final score was 7 destroyed, one probable and 1 damaged in the air, plus 9.5 destroyed and 4 damaged on the ground. He flew 72 missions in WWII, 146 in SE Asia flying F-4’s.

    Awards: SS, DFC (2), AM (22)

    a/c assigned: P-51D-10 44-14275 WR-F “Down for Double”, P-51D P-51D-15 44-15255 WR-F “Down for Double”
     
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    Sorry to hear of his passing.
     
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    Its always sad to hear of these guys passing away.
     
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    Academy's 1/72 P-51D has markings for WR-F 'Down for double'
     
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