Brigadier General Paul P. Douglas
Leading Ace of the 368th Fighter Group
Paul Douglas left Europe one of the most decorated Aces.  
He twice received the Distinguished Service Cross and was
recommended for the Medal of Honor.  He flew 136
combat missions with a total of 337 combat hours in the
P-47.  He served as Commanding Officer of the 395th FS,
396th FS, & 36th FG.

Douglas remained in the Air Force as a pilot, commanded
the 388th FW and flew combat missions over North
Vietnam in the F-105 Thunderchief.  Paul Douglas retired a
Brigadier General on 1 Feb 1970 after almost 30 years of
active duty service.

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His awards include (Bold are during his WW2 service):
2 Distinguished Service Crosses
3 Silver Stars
2 Legions of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross + 2 in Vietnam = 3 total
35 Air Medals + 3 in Vietnam = 38 total
2 Purple Hearts
4 Air Force Commendation Medals
Army Commendation Medal
French Croix de Guerre with Etoile de Vermeil
British Distinguished Flying Cross
Belgian Fouragere.
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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished
Service Cross to Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps) Paul Page Douglas, Jr. (AFSN: FR-8073/ASN: 0-432187), United States Army Air Forces, for
extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the
396th Fighter Squadron, 368th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 20 October 1944, in the European
Theater of Operations. On this date, Lieutenant Colonel Douglas was returning to base as leader of a squadron of fighter aircraft with his
supply of gasoline almost exhausted, when a formation of more than 20 enemy aircraft carrying bombs was observed. Completely
disregarding the odds against him, he ordered all but five of his aircraft to return to base, and with this small number unhesitatingly attacked
the enemy formation with such ferocity that they were forced to jettison their bombs directly over the city of Coblenz and take evasive
action. In the ensuing combat, Lieutenant Colonel Douglas relentlessly pursued the enemy, destroyed three of his aircraft and damaged a
fourth. His own plane was continually under attack and sustained many hits. He was painfully wounded and his airplane's right wing was set
on fire, yet he managed to return to base. The extraordinary heroism and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Douglas
on this occasion are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and
the United States Army Air Forces.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 13 (1945)
Action Date: October 20, 1944
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf
Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps) Paul Page Douglas, Jr. (AFSN:
FR-8073/ASN: 0-432187), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed
enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 396th Fighter Squadron, 368th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat
against enemy forces on 14 March 1945. On this date, with only three aircraft supporting him, Colonel Douglas attacked a force of more than
fifty enemy aircraft carrying bombs toward the American lines in the Remagen Bridgehead. Completely disregarding the enemy's
overwhelming numerical superiority, he attacked relentlessly, compelling the hostile aircraft to jettison their bombs. In the ensuing combat
Colonel Douglas destroyed three enemy planes while the aircraft he was leading destroyed seven additional enemy planes with no loss to
themselves. The extraordinary heroism and determination of this officer to destroy the enemy are in keeping with the highest traditions of
the Armed Forces of the United States.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 69 (June 14, 1945)
Action Date: March 14, 1945
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to
Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps) Paul Page Douglas, Jr. (AFSN: FR-8073/ASN: 0-432187), United States Army Air Forces, for conspicuous
gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the NINTH Air Force in the European Theater of Operations on 6 October 1945.
Lieutenant Colonel Douglas demonstrated outstanding leadership on a group attack on a large number of hostile planes camouflaged in a
field near Cologne, Germany. Despite intense, accurate anti-aircraft fire he skillfully directed his men to the attack, and although his own
aircraft sustained serious battle damage he accounted personally for the destruction of six of the grounded aircraft. Lieutenant Colonel
Douglas' calm judgment and spirited leadership on this occasion are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United
States.
General Orders: Headquarters, 9th Air Force, General Orders No. 289 (December 10, 1944)
Action Date: October 6, 1944
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf
Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps) Paul Page Douglas, Jr. (AFSN: FR-8073/ASN: 0-432187),
United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action while serving with the 368th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force on 13 April 1945.
Lieutenant Colonel Douglas distinguished himself by superior aerial proficiency and leadership while participating in aerial flight against the
enemy in the vicinity of Jutebeg and Damm, Germany. Despite heavy haze Lieutenant Colonel Douglas led repeated attacks on two enemy
airfields in the face of concentrated enemy fire at both landing grounds. The unusual courage and technical efficiency displayed by him
resulted in a great blow to the enemy air forces. He personally destroyed seven aircraft and damaged another while under his brilliant
direction, 16 were destroyed by his squadron and an additional four were severely damaged. The excellent combat record achieved by
Lieutenant Colonel Douglas on this occasion reflects the highest distinction to himself and the Army Air Forces.
General Orders: Headquarters, 9th Air Force, General Orders No. 126 (July 6, 1945)
Action Date: April 13, 1945
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Second Bronze Oak
Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps) Paul Page Douglas, Jr. (AFSN: FR-8073/ASN: 0-432187),
United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action while serving with the 368th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force on 12 April 1945. Despite
navigational difficulties presented by adverse weather conditions, Lieutenant Colonel Douglas, while launching an assault against enemy
airfields in the vicinity of Leipzig, Germany, distinguished himself by outstanding courage and brilliant leadership. Although his own aircraft
sustained severe damage from intense anti-aircraft fire, he determinedly held his position in flight and directed attacks upon two airdromes,
destroying seventeen of the seventy-three planes accountable to his squadron. During the course of his daring attacks, Lieutenant Colonel
Douglas silenced numerous gun positions, enabling his squadron to continue their mission unimpeded. The superior airmanship and heroic
devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Douglas on this occasion reflect great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the
highest traditions of the Army Air Forces.
General Orders: Headquarters, 9th Air Force, General Orders No. 134 (July 16, 1945)
Action Date: April 12, 1945
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished
Flying Cross to Major (Air Corps) Paul Page Douglas, Jr. (AFSN: FR-8073/ASN: 0-432187), United States Army Air Forces, for outstanding
achievement while participating in aerial flight against the enemy in the European Theater of Operations from March to May 1944. As
squadron commander, Major Douglas has led his squadron with distinction in a large number of difficult combat missions, maintaining the
highest operational efficiency, and displaying superior tactical technique in the destruction of vital enemy installations and objectives. He has
repeatedly shown fearless courage in carrying out attacks upon enemy aircraft menacing bomber formations, and through his superior flying
ability and aggressive spirit has led his squadron to unusual achievements in vigorous assaults upon the enemy. His forceful leadership and
high devotion to duty are in keeping with the finest traditions of the Services.
General Orders: Headquarters, 9th Air Force, General Orders No. 162 (June 15, 1944)
Action Date: March - May 1944