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Glendon Valley Davis

Military

Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 7.5 x E/A destroyed. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod Bourges in P-51B 43-6867 'Pregnant Polecat'. Mechanical failure, caused his baleout near Bourges, France 28-Apr-44; Evaded capture (EVD). MACR 4411.

Glen was born the son of a schoolteacher in Cambridge, ID on December 2nd, 1916. He was a flight officer in the Army Air Corps in 1940. Serving in the European Theatre, he was awarded several medals as a P-51 Mustang fighter "ace." On his last mission, he parachuted into occupied central France when his engine failed. Several very brave French families hid him from the Germans for four months until the Resistance smuggled him back to England. Twenty years later, as a U.S. Air Force Officer, he returned to France to thank the French families for their courageous assistance. After WWII, Glen was a career Air Force officer, retiring in 1971 as Colonel.

Awards: DFC (2OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 364th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Washington County, ID, USA 2 December 1916

Son of Fayetta and Maud E Davis,.

Enlisted Boise, ID 30 January 1942
Based Leiston 27 February 1943 – August 1944

Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Leiston, UK 27 April 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Promotion Leiston, UK 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Evaded (EVD) Bourges, France 28 April 1944 – August 1944

With the assistance of French civilians evaded capture (EVD).

Baled out EVD Bourges, France 28 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission in P-51B 43-6867 'Pregnant Polecat'. Mechanical failure, caused his baleout near Bourges, France 28-Apr-44; Evaded capture (EVD). MACR 4411.

Died Sonoma, CA 95476, USA 24 March 2006
Buried Santa Rosa Memorial Park, CA 27 March 2006

Santa Rosa Memorial Park
Santa Rosa
Sonoma County
California, USA
Plot: Garden of Devotion - Grave 2615-3

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2018 16:28:22 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search/
https://www.fold3.com/image/28642516
https://www.fold3.com/record/69730307-glendon-v-davis
https://www.fold3.com/record/84957879-glendon-v-davis
https://www.fold3.com/image/229890211?terms=glendon%20v%20Davis
https://www.fold3.com/image/312802167?terms=glendon%20v%20Davis
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/147499267/glendon-valley-davis

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2018 17:13:38 Pyker Changes to nickname, highest rank, role, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Updated data to Capt. Davis' entry.

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2016 02:18:35 466thHistorian Changes to events and media associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Davis&GSfn=Glendon...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4411 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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