The purpose of the Foundation is to ensure that Major George E. Preddy, Jr., his brother Lt. William R. Preddy, and their comrades at arms will continue to be honored for their significant contribution to victory during World War II.
George and Bill, Tarheel natives from Greensboro, were killed in action while flying the P-51 Mustang fighter. George was the leading active ace in the European Theater of Operations when killed by Allied ground fire. He is the top Air Force ace from the Southern United States, the top Mustang ace, and ranks sixth among Air Force aces, and seventh among American aces. While leading the 328th Fighter Squadron of the 352nd Fighter Group, he was downed by friendly fire during the Battle of the Bulge on Christmas Day 1944 near Langerwehe, Germany. Bill was shot down by enemy ground fire while strafing an airfield at Ceske Budejovice, Czechoslovakia on 17 April 1945, just days before the war ended in Europe. It was the last mission flown by Bill’s 339th Fighter Group. He is memorialized in the Czech Republic as one of their liberators.
Preddy Boulevard in Greensboro is named for the Preddy brothers. You may click on the respective photo to get their biography.
George Preddy’s most famous aircraft was named Cripes A’Mighty 3rd. It is shown below-right with his ground crew. Preddy’s total score at the end of WWII was 32 1/2 enemy aircraft destroyed.
The PMF is a charitable North Carolina corporation (donations are deductible) with projects designed to memorialize the brothers. Write or call Joe Noah for information on membership, books, videos, exhibits, art, and meetings.