Mooney was killed by Nazi official

Capt. William Henry Mooney Jr., right, is pictured with his P-51 Mustang fighter, which he nicknamed “Libby-B,” after his mother.


Capt. William

Henry Mooney, Jr.

Born Oct. 3, 1916, Died Dec. 24, 1944

Capt. Mooney’s life and death is one the most remarkable of all our honorees.

Born and raised in Hawkinsville, Georgia, “Billy” went to school there and then Clemson College before moving to Griffin to work in the textile industry.

When he joined the U.S Army Air Corps during World War II he was trained as a fighter pilot and ultimately was deployed to England to escort bombers during raids over Germany.

Christmas Eve 1944, on a mission over Frankfurt, Germany, his life took a tragic turn. His plane was crippled in a “dogfight.” He successfully bailed out over the small village of Laubach, Germany, but was immediately taken prisoner by local citizens.

While being escorted by the villagers to the town jail for safe keeping, Capt. Mooney was wantonly murdered in plain sight by the town’s top Nazi official.

After the war, Capt. Mooney’s story took an amazing twist. Using details provided by the villagers who witnessed the crime, his body was recovered and his cowardly assassin identified, tried, convicted and hung.

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