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Posted 12/6/2006 Printable Fact Sheet
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Maj. George E. Preddy Jr.
Maj. George E. Preddy Jr. of the 352nd Fighter Group. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Maj. George Preddy of the 352nd Fighter Group, a top AAF ace 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 Aug. 6, 1944. He was killed on Christmas Day 1944 while flying at tree-top level inside American lines over Europe; his P-51, "Cripes A'Mighty," was mistaken for an enemy plane and was shot down by U.S. antiaircraft gunners.

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