Major George E. Preddy, Jr. Combat Footage

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.1993.0066
Creators:
Preddy, George E., 1919-1944
Dates:
[ca. 1940s]
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 Cubic Feet
(5 film reels)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This footage consists of five reels of film. The footage includes Preddy's combat footage, including most of his aerial victories through August 6, 1944 and some of this strafing mission footage. In addition, there is also gun camera footage of Preddy firing at two targets and ground targets in 1943.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Major George E. Preddy, Jr. (1919-1944) was an American ace during World War II, with thirty-two and a half (32 1/2) enemy planes to his credit. Six of those enemy aircraft were downed by Preddy in a little more than six minutes. In 1940, Preddy made three attempts to join the US Navy, each time rejected because of physical problems, before he joined the Army Air Corps and was ordered to report to flight training in April 1941. In December 1941, he graduated from flight training and was sent to Australia, to join the 9th Squadron, 49th Pursuit Group. In 1943 he was sent to the European Theatre, where he was part of the 352nd Fighter Group. He crashed to his death when his North American P-51 Mustang was hit during the Battle of Bulge by American machine gunners' flak on Christmas Day, 1944.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Rachel Preddy Harris, Gift, 1992, 1993-0066, unknown

General
General
NASMrev

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
North American P-51 Mustang Family Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fighter pilots Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Military Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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World War, 1939-1945 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Preddy, George E., 1919-1944 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Army Air Forces. 352nd Fighter Group Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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