Major Edward "Porky" Cragg
Commander, 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron "The Headhunters"
United States Army Air Force - Triple Ace
8 September 1919, Mt Vernon, NY
26 December 1943, Borgen Bay, Cape Gloucester, New Britain, New Guinea (MIA)
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Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
On 26 Dec 1943, while flying "Porky II" over
Borgen Bay, Ed Cragg was shot down.
Nothing was ever recovered.
In 2003 the Planes of Fame Air Museum
repainted its flying P-38 as "Porky II".
Bob Martin from Lelystad, Netherlands
remade a picture of that plane in flight
creating the above digital art image "Porky II"
(copies are available here)
May his spirit forever fly in the plane he loved