In 2004 Preddy
to paint this portrait
of George. It now
hangs on display at
in in George's home
state of North
Overall print size:
28" x 22".
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Major George E. Preddy, Top Mustang Ace of all time is depicted here in this aviation art by Troy White..
Preddy finished the war with 27.83 victories, 24 were scores with the P-51 Mustang. On 23 December
1944 the 352nd FG moved to an advanced base at Asch, Belgium to assist the 9th Air Force in the Battle
of the Bulge. On Christmas Day 1944 after scoring what would sadly be his final two victories, Preddy
was shot down and killed by American anti-aircraft fire while pursing an Fw 190 at low level. At the time of
his death, George Preddy was the top American Ace flying operations in the ETO.
Pilots Ray Mitchell and Bobby Dodd, both of whom flew with the 328th FS of the 352nd FG under George
Preddy’s command, attended the May 8, 1999 PMF symposium. Each told a fond memory he has of his
squadron leader. Bobby recalled that on the day he was promoted from second to first lieutenant, upon
meeting up with George Preddy that evening Preddy congratulated Dodd on his promotion and offered
to buy him a beer in honor of the occasion. He went on to explain that Preddy, being Dodd’s
commanding officer, had initiated his promotion in the first place, so it was just exemplary of George’s
gallant and modest nature to treat the event as something that had just occurred on its own. Ray Mitchell
shared that the last thing George, who he a called a "fine fellow who was always concerned about his
flight and his men", said before getting into his cockpit on Christmas day 1944 was "Preddy’s going
hunting today" and pulled up his pants leg to show off his red socks.
"Major George E. Preddy Jr."