James B. Morehead
James Bruce Morehead
|Born||August 16, 1916|
|Died||March 11, 2012 (aged 95)|
|Service/||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1940–1967|
|Unit||49th Pursuit Group|
1st Fighter Group
49th Fighter-Bomber Wing
|Commands held||331st Fighter Squadron|
488th Army Air Force Base Unit
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Cross (2)|
Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
Air Medal (16)
James Bruce Morehead (August 16, 1916 – March 11, 2012) was an American fighter pilot and flying ace of World War II. He flew combat missions over a three-year span of the war with a total of eight aerial victories. He was awarded two Distinguished Service Crosses, a Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and sixteen Air Medals 
World War II
He destroyed three enemy aircraft on February 25, 1942 and was awarded his first Distinguished Service Cross for that mission. On April 25, 1942, he destroyed two more enemy aircraft, earning him the flying ace status.
During this time he was credited with the destruction of 7 Japanese aircraft in aerial combat. He received the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the Pacific Theater.
His aerial victories during World War II consisted of 8 enemy planes destroyed in the air and 1 damaged. Of his kills, 7 were attained while flying P-40 and one was attained while flying P-38.
His book "In my sights" is a candid, honest, brave story of the few who survived the terrible aerial battles against the Zeros in the Southwest Pacific.
Aerial Victory credits
|February 25, 1942||Darwin Australia||3||Awarded DSC|
|April 25, 1942||Pacific Theater of Operations||2||Achieved Ace Status|
|August 23, 1942||Pacific Theater of Operations||2|
|June 6, 1944||Romania||1|
In 1999 he was inducted into the American Combat Airman Hall of Fame.
Awards and Decorations
His awards and decorations include:Command pilot badge
|Distinguished Service Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Air Medal with three silver oak leaf clusters|
|Air Force Presidential Unit Citation with three bronze oak leaf clusters|
|American Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star|
|American Campaign Medal|
|Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two bronze campaign stars|
|European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze campaign stars|
|World War II Victory Medal|
|Army of Occupation Medal|
|National Defense Service Medal|
|Korean Service Medal with bronze campaign star|
|Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver oak leaf cluster|
French Croix de Guerre with Palm
- "Military Times Hall of Valor". Awards and Citations: Distinguished Service Cross. militarytimes.com. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
- Carter, Lori (19 January 2011). "Petaluma honors WWII 'ace'". Petaluma, California: The Press Democrat. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
- Fox, Margalit. "James Morehead, World War II Flying Ace, Dies at 95".
- "Veteran Tributes". www.veterantributes.org.
- "Aerial Victory Credits". Air Force Historical Research Agency. pp. (search on Name "begins with" "Morehead"). Retrieved 14 March 2012.
- Shapiro, T. Rees (16 March 2012). "James B. Morehead, WWII ace known as 'Wildman". The Washington Post.
- "American Combat Airman Hall of Fame" (PDF). www.airpowermuseum.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2011.