Paul Conger was born on May 3, 1918, in Los Angeles, California. He enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Forces on November 7, 1941, and was commissioned a 2d Lt and awarded his pilot wings at Kelly Field, Texas, on July 3, 1942. Lt Conger next completed P-47 Thunderbolt transition training with the 61st Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group at Bridgeport Municipal Airport, Connecticut, and then deployed with his unit to England in January 1943. He was credited with the destruction of 6.5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat before transferring to the 63rd Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group in England in December 1944. Maj Conger was credited with an additional 5 enemy aircraft destroyed in aerial combat between December 1944 and February 1945, and he also served as Commander of the 63rd Fighter Squadron from January to March 1945. He was credited with a total of 11.5 enemy aircraft destroyed in the air, plus 4 more damaged, during World War II. After the war he helped reactivate the 56th Fighter Group at Selfridge Field, Michigan, in May 1946, and then left active duty and joined the Air Force Reserve on November 17, 1946. Lt Col Conger remained in the Air Force Reserve, serving with Continental Air Command in Los Angeles until his retirement on February 5, 1958. Paul Conger died on August 20, 1994.
His Distinguished Service Cross Citation reads:
For extraordinary heroism in action with the enemy, 11 December 1943. On this date Captain Conger led a flight of P-47 fighters on a bomber escort mission against a military installation in a heavily defended area near Emden, Germany. Observing a large number of rocket-carrying enemy planes, escorted by fighters forming for attack against the bombers, Captain Conger, with complete disregard for the danger involved led his flight in a vicious attack against the enemy formation during which he destroyed one enemy plane and damaged another. In this encounter Captain Conger and his wingmen by aggressive, skillful flying, and accurate gun fire dispersed a vastly superior force and prevented harm to the bombers. After regaining altitude, Captain Conger saw an ME 110 fighter flying with a JU 88 fighter and immediately attacked them, following the JU 88 to an extremely low altitude and destroying it. He then turned into the ME 110 fighter and attacked with such a fury that he forced the enemy to crash into the sea. By his extraordinary flying skill, gallant leadership, and great courage, Captain Conger rendered outstanding distinguished and valorous service to our nation.