Monday, September 1, 2014

Army Flying Ace James B. Morehead Dies in 2012

From the March 12, 2012, Press Democrat "WWII flying ace from Petaluma dead at 95" by Lori A. Carter.

Retired Army Colonel James B. Morehead, flying ace and recipient of two Distinguished Service Crosses has died.

He mostly flew P-40 fighters and was in 20 dogfights, shooting down 8 enemy planes in Europe and the Pacific.  Other honors he received were the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and 15 other air medals.

As a 25-year-old 2nd Lt at Darwin, Australia, in 1943, he led a flight of eight P-40s toward 31 Japanese "Betty" bombers and their fighter escorts. returning from a raid.  He destroyed two bombers and a Zero.

--GreGen

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