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American Fighter Aces of the ETO

GEORGE PREDDYGEORGE PREDDY
   Major George Preddy of the 352nd Fighter Group, ultimately credited with 26.83 air-to-air victories and five planes destroyed by strafing, shot down six of his victims in a single mission on August 6, 1944. During the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, elements of the group were moved to fighter strip Y-29, Asche, Belgium. On Christmas Eve, Preddy indulged in a game of craps and scooped the pot to win $1,000, which he intended to invest in war bonds. On Christmas Day, Preddy led 10 of his P-51s on a patrol. They were vectored to a formation of enemy planes, and in the ensuing fight, though the squadron became scattered, Preddy downed two more Bf-109s. He and his wingman, Lt. James Cartee, were then vectored to an unknown number of bandits near Liege. Preddy saw an Fw190 on the deck and went after him at treetop height. As they roared over American ground troops, Preddy — at war's end he'd be the third-ranking American ace of the European war — was hit by friendly ground fire and crashed to his death.
CRIPES A'MIGHTY the 3RD


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