Born Jan. 15, 1923
Died Nov. 17, 1954
(Left Side Inscription)
Colonel England participated in 108 combat missions during World War II. He destroyed 19 German aircraft and on one mission downed four enemy aircraft. For his gallantry in action, he was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying cross with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with 14 Oak Leaf Clusters and the French Croix de Guerre.
(Right Side Inscription):
He was Missouri's leading ace pilot of World War II.
Colonel England died heroically landing in fog at Toul, France when he elected to crash into a wooded area rather than risk the lives of other men.
This memorial of Colonel England is dedicated to and represents the highest tradition of American fighting men lost in wars fought for the preservation of our freedoms.