Major General Carroll W. Mccolpin Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: November 14, 1914 in Buffalo, New York
Died: November 28, 2003
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Major General Carroll W. McColpin was born in Buffalo, NY, attended school in Calif, graduating from Golden Gate University. A pilot since 1928 he volunteered for the Royal Air Force in November 1940. The only American to see Combat Duty with all three Eagle Squadrons he became the second American ACE of WWII with a double ME109 kill October 2, 1941. He is the only known ACE to engage and "fight to a draw" Werner Molder's the top Luftwaff's ACE who had 100 victories by early 1941. Molder's was the father of the "Centurian" fighter ACE designation.

McColpin commanded the 133rd Eagle Sqdn. until they transferred to the USAAF, Eighth AF, in September 1942 becoming a part of the USAAF's top scoring unit of WWII — The Fourth Fighter Group.

As commander of the 404th Fighter Group, 9th AF, he led sweeps, rubarbs, armed recce, and dive bombing missions supporting the D-Day invasion effort as it progressed thru France, Belgium and into Germany.

Tally Record: 11 1/2 kills, 4 probable, 12 damaged, all air, plus numerous A/C, Tanks, Trucks and Boats destroyed.

Decorations include: 29 awards from Five Governments and Two Presidential Unit Citations.

General McColpin's service record is unique in that he did not attend military flying school; he regained his U.S. Citizenship AFTER attaining General Officer rank in the USAF; and in the post WWII period he maintained a combat ready status in each new generation of fighter aircraft until his retirement in 1968 as Commander of the Fourth Air Force.

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