Adair County News, October 25, 1944
Lt. George Morris Downs Nazi Plane
An Eighth Air Force Fighter Station, England: The Focke-Wulf 190 which
had tried to stab at the troop-carrier planes and gliders in the second
day of the air-borne invasion of Holland crashed into the soft black
soil of the Ruhr Valley and exploded. The pilot didn't get out.
Claiming destruction of the Nazi plane was 1st Lt. George W. Morris, a
short, dark-headed P-51 Mustang pilot who calls his Mustang "Sweet
Eloise" after his wife, the former Eloise Stapp, Columbia, Ky. It was
the fighter pilot's first air victory of the war and he didn't earn it
the easy way.
"I must have chased that Kraut for 15 minutes right on the deck," he
said. "We were scorching the grass blades right across the Ruhr Valley.
I finally scored hits on his tail and fuselage. His ship wavered out of
control and crashed."
Lt. Morris' "kill" brought the score for Colonel Donald W. Graham's
Eighth Fighter Command group to 26 enemy aircraft destroyed on the one
mission. Not one of approximately 50 Nazi planes seen got through to the
Lt. Morris recently was awarded the Air Medal and first Oak Leaf Cluster
for exceptionally meritorious service in aeriel flight. He is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Morris, 537 Wainright St., Louisville.