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US Air Force Colonel James Morehead

Oct 30, 2016 08:11PM ● By Elena Hutslar

US Air Force Colonel James Morehead. Photo by Susan Wood

 US Air Force Colonel James Morehead was among the most highly decorated

flying aces of World War II. Engaging in 20 dogfights and downing 8 enemy planes

earned him 2 Distinguished Service Crosses, a Silver Star and 16 other medals. Jim

“Wild Man” Morehead earned his nickname for his willingness to take risks, including

a nearly 80-mile flight upside down from his base near Novato, to Sacramento – “just

because he could.” In 1999 he was inducted into the American Combat Airman Hall of

Fame. Colonel Morehead died March 11, 2012 at age 95 in Petaluma.