George Davis was born on December 1, 1920, in Dublin, Texas. He enlisted in the Army Air Forces on March 20, 1942, and was commissioned and awarded his pilot wings in 1943. Lt Davis flew P-47 Thunderbolts in the Southwest Pacific Theater during WWII, where he was credited with shooting down 7 enemy aircraft in aerial combat while flying with the 342nd Fighter Squadron of the 348th Fighter Group. Davis remained in the Air Force after the war and was sent to Korea in October 1951, where he flew F-86 Sabres with the 334th Fighter Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing. Davis was credited with shooting down 14 enemy aircraft between November 1951 and February 1952. He was killed in action during a mission on February 10, 1952. Davis shot down two MIG 15's on his last mission and was later posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. LtCol Davis was one of the few aces in two wars, and had a combined total of 21 aerial victory credits at the time of his death.
His Medal of Honor Citation reads:
Maj. Davis distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While leading a flight of four F-86 Sabres on a combat aerial patrol mission near the Manchurian border, Maj. Davis' element leader ran out of oxygen and was forced to retire from the flight with his wingman accompanying him. Maj. Davis and the remaining F-86 continued the mission and sighted a formation of approximately twelve enemy MIG-15 aircraft speeding southward toward an area where friendly fighter-bombers were conducting low level operations against the Communist lines of communications. With selfless disregard for the numerical superiority of the enemy, Maj. Davis positioned his two aircraft, then dove at the MIG formation. While speeding through the formation from the rear he singled out a MIG-15 and destroyed it with a concentrated burst of fire. Although he was now under continuous fire from the enemy fighters to his rear, Maj. Davis sustained his attack. He fired at another MIG-15 which, bursting into smoke and flames, went into a vertical dive. Rather than maintain his superior speed and evade the enemy fire being concentrated on him, he elected to reduce his speed and sought out still a third MIG-15. During this latest attack his aircraft sustained a direct hit, went out of control, then crashed into a mountain 30 miles south of the Yalu River. Maj. Davis' bold attack completely disrupted the enemy formation, permitting the friendly fighter-bombers to successfully complete their interdiction mission. Maj. Davis, by his indomitable fighting spirit, heroic aggressiveness, and superb courage in engaging the enemy against formidable odds exemplified valor at its highest.