"Fourth But First" was the motto of the Fourth Fighter Interceptor Wing, the most famous United States Air Force outfit during the Korean conflict. They remained top of their game from December 15, 1950, when the "Fourth" first went into action, until July 27, 1953, when the Truce was signed. The MiG-Killers of the "Fourth" destroyed more enemy aircraft than any other Air Force unit in Korea.
On July 10, 1953, MiG mark 700 was passed and once again it was a "Fourth" pilot who made the kill. But at the time the exact pilot is not known because kills #699 and #700 came so close together that they could not be separated. Capt. Lonnie R. Moore and his wingman, 2 nd Lt. William F. Schrimsher, of the Chiefs Sq., made the two kills.
Capt. Lonnie R. Moore went home to Florida to his beautiful loving wife Billie and their growing family as a 'Double Ace' with 10 confirmed kills. Of the 1700 fighter pilots in Korea only a few elite pilots held this honor of being called a America's "Double Ace." On Jan. 10, 1956, while on the first operational test run of the new F101 Voodoo Supersonic Jet at Eglin Air Force Base, in NW Florida, the Double Ace’s plane crashed right after takeoff.
This web site will be a Historical Record of Major Lonnie R. Moore’s Life via Photo’s, Magazine Articles, Newspapers Clippings, Family Memories, Radio Tribute from in 1956, Emails & Conversations with pilots who flew with or new my Dad. Yes, I’m Steve Moore the youngest son of this special man & Double Ace. I was only 18 months old when he died, so this research has been an incredible journey and a Labor of Love for me. I’m happy to share his story and I welcome any comments.