Final Flight: First Lt. Barrie S. Davis, USAAF (Ret)


First Lieutenant, USAAF (Ret)

WWII :: Confirmed Kills- 6


Barrie_UniformBarrie Spilman Davis, born on December 22, 1923, in Lenoir County, North Carolina. Barrie left his studies at Wake Forest College in North Carolina to join the Army Air Forces on June 6, 1942. Entering pilot training, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon receipt of his pilot’s wings on August 30, 1943, at Dothan, Alabama.

On June 28, 1944, Davis scored his first victory, downing a FW-190 over Bucharest, Hungary, and four days later he shot down two Me-109s west of Budapest. He completed his scoring in August, with another Me-109 destroyed southeast of Blechhammer on the 7th and a FW-190 and Me-109 downed near Lake Balatan on the 22nd, making him an ace.

He returned to the U.S. on November 23, a 21-year-old captain, and was released from active duty on October 15, 1945. Davis remained in the National Guard until March 1978, retiring as a colonel in the field artillery. He was also rated as a master army aviator in fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. Davis recently passed on August 19, 2014.

Decorations: Decorations: Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and the Air Medal

Barrie S. Davis Obituary

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