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George L Pullis


George Pullis flew over 120 combat missions with the 48th Fighter Group. He scored one recorded victory on 8 April 1945. He did have to bale out on 22 March 1945 but made it safely back to base at St Trond, Belgium.

He earned several service awards, including the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross, with several oak leaf clusters.

After the war, he married Rosemary Daniel and they had two sons, Daniel and Michael Pullis.

George earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master in Guidance and Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He worked as a teacher for many years at Du Quoin High School, Du Quoin, Illinois. He retired in 1987. He also worked as a counselor at John A. Logan (community) College

It is still possible to receive a Pullis Family Scholarship at Du Quoin High School, Du Quoin, Illinois.


Units served with

  • 48th Fighter Group

    48th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in March 1944 and were stationed at Ibsley where the pilots trained in P-47s in preparation for the Allied invasion of Normandy. The wartime motto was in Latin 'vulneratus non victus' (Unconquered even though wounded). ...

  • 493rd Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Ibsley

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1940-41 as a fighter base satellite for RAF Middle Wallop, Ibsley opened in 1941 when incomplete. It eventually had three concrete runways, 18 hardstandings plus 18 double pen dispersals, and two Bellman plus 12 blister hangars, after...


Event Location Date
Born Murphysboro, IL 62966, USA 31 July 1922
Enlisted Chicago, IL, USA 31 October 1942
Based Ibsley 1944
Died Marion, IL, USA 26 March 2008
Buried Rosehill Cemetery, Marion, IL 62959, USA 29 March 2008


Date Contributor Update
26 April 2019 23:49:15 RayWells Changes to biography

Information from his friend Bob Fester

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2014 12:44:36 Lucy May Changes to biography

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Date Contributor Update
17 December 2014 12:01:04 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations

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