Lieutenant George Pullis of the 493rd Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Group with a yellow sign "493rd Parachute Dept" that commemorates his successful bale out from his aircraft. Image via Harold. Written on slide casing: 'Le George Pyllis, 493 FS, 48th FG. St Trond baled out successfully 22/3/45.'
493rd Fighter Squadron replacement pilots outside their accommodation at Ibsley Grange, 1944. From left to right: George Pullis, Roderick Watts, Rodney Heyl and Donald Ferguson.
Pullis, Watts and Ferguson were in the first group of pilots to join the 493rd after it arrived at Ibsley. Heyl was in the second group along with Jake Cooper, Jim Watson and Thomas Linstrom.
George Pullis flew over 120 combat missions with the 48th Fighter Group. He scored one recorded victory on 8 April 1945. He did have to bale out on 22 March 1945 but made it safely back to base at St Trond, Belgium.
He earned several service awards, including the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross, with several oak leaf clusters.
After the war, he married Rosemary Daniel and they had two sons, Daniel and Michael Pullis.
George earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master in Guidance and Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He worked as a teacher for many years at Du Quoin High School, Du Quoin, Illinois. He retired in 1987. He also worked as a counselor at John A. Logan (community) College
It is still possible to receive a Pullis Family Scholarship at Du Quoin High School, Du Quoin, Illinois.
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The Group moved to England in March 1944 and were stationed at Ibsley where the pilots trained in P-47s in preparation for the Allied invasion of Normandy. The wartime motto was in Latin 'vulneratus non victus' (Unconquered even though wounded).
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Built during 1940-41 as a fighter base satellite for RAF Middle Wallop, Ibsley opened in 1941 when incomplete. It eventually had three concrete runways, 18 hardstandings plus 18 double pen dispersals, and two Bellman plus 12 blister hangars, after...
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