KIA, WW II /MTO 8 Feb. 1944

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Davis Dunbar Graves 2
30 Aug 1903 2
New York State 2
Place: California 2
From: 31 Dec 1969 2
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Brig. Gen. Davis D Graves, Commander, KIA /WW II /MTO


Brig Gen Davis Graves MIA in the Mediterranean Theatre.
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Brig. Gen. Davis Graves was the Commander of the US AAC Fighter Wing.  He was an "OBSERVER" in the Co-Pilot seat with 310thBG,381stBS, Flight Leader Lt Edgar Dorman, they took a direct hit (by FLAK) over the Target of Porto Santo Stefano, Iyalt on 8 Feb. 1944.  There were no survivors.

Davis Dunbar Graves was just Promoted to Brigadier General
18 DAYS (22 January 1944) before he was Listed as Missing In Action.
He was born 30 Aug 1903 in NY state......

Davis D. Graves ID: O-017466 ...  Entered the Service From: California
Rank: Brigadier General - U.S. Army Air Forces, Headquarters Squadron, 63rd Fighter Wing
Died: Tuesday, February 08, 1944
Memorialized at: Florence American Cemetery,  Via Cassia, Italy
Awards: Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart

From: Bob Prior-RR (Dad/Gordon Prior, 381st Pilot) Sent: Thu 3/11/10 2:09 PM To: BARBARA CONNOLLY ( Hi Barbi, only from Ed Colby's diary,.... lost General Graves on that one. They decided that the low level "G' missions were too risky. After that,... they put them back up to standard medium bomber altitudes,... where they were sitting ducks. Probably around 12,000- 14,000 feet since they didn't have oxygen. Bob

Gen. Graves on B-25 Combat w/ Lt Dorman, all KIA





310th Bomb Group, 381st Bomb Squadron;  Pilot of the B-25 #42-

Edgar Dorman was born in PA in 1922, Edger enlisted into the Army Air Corp on 9 March 1942.  He was trained as a PILOT and he was assigned to the 321thBG, the 448th BS, and flew B-25 Mitchells in the MTO.  He flew very dangerous Sea-Sweep Missions out of Lybia, Called "Detatched Service" at Gambut ..... code "Gambit Ganbut"  Edger's friend, I believe might have even gone to school together before Combat Duty, was a pilot on some of Lt Dorman's Missions also.

      He would have flown about 14 Missions with the 321st Bomb Group before being transferred to the 310th Bomb Group, the 381stBS until he was KIA.  On 20 Jan. 1944, Lt Dorman was assigned as a FLIGHT LEADER.  (Same day as Lt Gordon Prior)  He flew in the same Mission on 8 Feb. 1944 as Lt Gordon also.  Lt Dorman would have completed about 30 Combat Missions. 

  On this fateful day, Lt Dorman's Ship, B-25 G #42-4223  was hit directly by flak and the entire ship caught fire.  On board was the Flight COMMANDER, Brig. General Davis D Graves, HQ 63rd Fighter Wing of the MAAF.  Above is a photo of his widow, Eleanor F Graves, receiving an Award for her late husband in England.



General Davis & Eleanor) Graves daughter "MISSY" Marlow


"MISSY". . . .

Eleanor Bennett Marlow

  •     "MISSY"

Born on Aug. 18, 1937                


LA SALLE - Eleanor "Missy" Bennett Marlow of La Salle, Texas, died February 7, 2013.
She was born August 18, 1937 in Washington D.C. to Eleanor Freeborn Graves and Gen. Davis Dunbar Graves. Missy had success in many careers: teacher, writer, advisor, secretary, philanthropist, caregiver, mother and grandmother. Missy enjoyed many things in life, dancing, skiing, riding, fishing, art, theater, music, literature, poetry, ice hockey, cooking, the beach, mountains, and people.
She attended St. Mary's Hall in San Antonio, graduated from Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont.
Missy was preceded in death by mother Eleanor Graves Bennett, her father General Davis D. Graves, her step father General John M. Bennett III, her brother Davis Graves Bennett. She is survived by her sister Carolyn Wood Jackson of Middlebury, Vermont, her brother John S. Bennett of Basalt, Colorado, her children, Dave Ogden Marlow and his wife Diann, Christopher Hugh Marlow and his wife Sirima and Andrew Graves Marlow, all of La Salle. Grandchildren Robert Lee Marlow of La Salle, Jennifer Marlow Kaune (Anthony) of Carver, Minnesota, and William Dunbar Marlow of La Salle and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
She will be remembered as the brightest light at any gathering, the ultimate hostess, the person everyone wanted to know. Her wit, humor, and ability to tell a tale entertained all who knew her. Her honesty, love, and generous hospitality were legendary; None were turned away, all were welcome and accepted, loved and fed. Her home and heart were open to all walks of life.
She adopted all strays as her own. She loved to dance. She loved to laugh.
She led a vibrant life.
A celebration of life will be held on a future date.
Missy's favorite charities were Hospice of South Texas, The Blue Bonnet Youth Ranch and the Wounded Warrior Project.   Oaklawn Funeral Home in Edna. Texas.



Brig. Gen. Davis Dunbar Graves;


Barbi Ennis Connolly 57th Bomb Wing Historical Researcher


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