Earl James Davis, Jr.

Earl was born in Tuskahoma, OK on January 27, 1921. He attended Murray State School of Agriculture at Tishomingo, OK to get the required two years college before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in November 1941. Primary was in San Diego and basic at Lemoore, CA. He graduated from advanced flying school with class 42E (same class as Carl Eley and Warren Christensen) at Luke Field in May 1942 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant.

His first assignment was with the 152nd Observation Squadron in Fort Devens, MA where he flew submarine patrol for a few months and was then assigned to the 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron in Charlotte, NC.

He crossed the hump on June 12, 1944 and proceeded to Kweilin. He was shot down behind enemy lines by ground fire on 28June1944. After a sixteen day walkout, he ended up in Suichwan and returned to Kweilin on the 19th of August. His injuries forced him to leave China on 26AUG1944.

He was discharged in the fall of 1945 as a Captain in the Air Force Reserves. Graduated from Oklahoma University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1948 and worked in the oil field service business until his death in 1988.


PLANES FLOWN: Ryan PT-22, BT-13, AT-6, O-46, O-47, O-52, L-1, L-4, L-5, P-39, P-40, P-43, P-51

CAMPAIGNS: Anti-submarine, China

DECORATIONS: American Defense Service Medal, American Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Service Star, Aisiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Service Star, One Overseas Service Bar, Purple Heart