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U.S. Air Force
"Mickey" Moore attended the University of Missouri for two years before entering West Point, graduating as an artillery officer
in 1931. He completed flight school shortly afterwards and was one of
the Air Force pilots assigned to deliver air mail in the early 1930s.
He then completed a graduate program in meteorology at MIT and had
several postings as a weather officer.
Moore was credited with organizing the P-51 fighter escorts for the B-29 strategic bombing campaign from the Marianas against Japan.
I don't believe there is any question about the P-51 being the best prop fighter of WW II. It was our top air fighter, and hence best for escort missions, and equal to the "47" as an attacker against ground target.
Moore had his own P-51 which he insisted on flying at least 20 hours
a month, often flying out the first 200 miles (320 km) with his pilots.
(His superiors forbade him to fly with them all the way to Japan.) He
was concerned for the strain on his pilots on the long flights from Iwo Jima to Japan, and instituted a rule that no pilot should fly more than six very long range missions in a single month.
||Born at Vienna, Illinois
||Graduates from West Point and joins Coast Artillery Corps
||Graduates from Flying School. Assigned to 77 Pursuit Squadron
||Air mail pilot
||MIT graduate program in meteorology
||18 Bomb Wing
||Commander, 18 Bomb Wing Headquarters Squadron
||Staff, Hawaiian Air Force
||Brigadier general||Commander, VII Fighter Command
||Headquarters, Continental Air Force
||Deputy commander, 4 Air Force
||National War College
||Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff
||Chief, Air Intelligence Divsiion
||Commander, 13 Air Force
||Deputy chief of staff, Far East Command
||Chief of staff, MATS Headquarters
||Deputy commander, MATS
||Commander, 3 Air Force
506thFighterGroup.org (accessed 2011-6-30)
Arlington National Cemetary Website (accessed 2011-6-30)
U.S. Air Force (accessed 2011-6-30)
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