Army Air Corps pilot Emmett "Cyclone" Davis flew a mission on the day the U.S. was attacked at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. He also flew a mission the day after the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki in 1945. Davis, by then a lieutenant colonel, saw World War II in and out. Davis will be 94 years old next week.
Tucker Davis is writing a biography of his father, and his research has revealed some interesting facts: His father flew 220 combat missions during World War II, engaging the enemy in three dogfights. In his military career, he flew 122 different kinds of airplanes.
And, significantly, he was in on the two bookends of World War II in the Pacific: Pearl Harbor and the bombing that led to Japan’s surrender in August 1945.
"I was one of the fortunate guys who got to go all the way through it," says the former pilot.