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DFC Awards

Distinguished Flying Cross Awards


 

III. Under the provisions of Army Regulations 600-45, 08 August 1932, as amended, and pursuant to authority contained in Section I, Circular 36, Hq., ETOUSA, 05 April 1943, the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS is awarded to the following Officer and Enlisted Men.

JOHN C. EGAN, O-399510, Major, Army Air Forces, United States Army. For extraordinary achievement, while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Group on a bombardment mission over Germany, 17 August 1943. In spite of intense anti-aircraft fire and extremely heavy fighter opposition, the formation made the deepest penetration this far into Germany, bombed a target of vital importance with highly successful results and continued on to bases in another theater. During one of the greatest aerial battles of the war, lasting over two hours, approximately one hundred and fifty enemy aircraft were destroyed. The courage, skill, and determination displayed by Major Egan on this occasion reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. Home address: Manitowoe, Wisconsin

JOHN D. BRADY0-791064, Army Air Forces, Unites States Army. For extraordinary achievement, while serving as Pilot of a B-17 airplane on a bombardment mission over Germany, 17 August 1943. In spite of intense anti-aircraft fire and extremely heavy fighter opposition, the formation made the deepest penetration thus far into Germany, bombed a target of vital importance with highly successful results and continued on to bases in another theater. During one of the greatest aerial battles of the war, lasting over two hours, approximately one hundred and fifty enemy fighter aircraft were destroyed. The courage, skill and determination displayed by Lieutenant. Brady on this occasion reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the Unites States. Home Address: Victor, New York

VICTOR E. FIENUP, 0-729837, 1st Lieutenant, Army Air Forces, United States Army. For extraordinary achievement, while serving as Pilot of a B-17 airplane on a bombardment mission over Germany, 17 August 1943. In spite of intense anti-aircraft fire and extremely heavy fighter opposition, the formation made the deepest penetration thus far into Germany, bombed a target of vital importance with highly successful results and continued on to bases in another theater. During one of the greatest aerial battles of the war, lasting over two hours, approximately one hundred and fifty enemy fighter aircraft were destroyed. The courage, skill and determination displayed by Lt. Fienup on this occasion reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the Unites States. Home Address: St. Louis, Missouri

JOHN K. JUSTICE, 0-735390, 1st Lieutenant, Army Air Forces, United States Army. For extraordinary achievement, while serving as Pilot of a B-17 airplane on a bombardment mission over Germany, 17 August 1943. In spite of intense anti-aircraft fire and extremely heavy fighter opposition, the formation made the deepest penetration thus far into Germany, bombed a target of vital importance with highly successful results and continued on to bases in another theater. During one of the greatest aerial battles of the war, lasting over two hours, approximately one hundred and fifty enemy fighter aircraft were destroyed. The courage, skill and determination displayed by Lt. Justice on this occasion reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the Unites States. Home Address: Montebello, California

HENRY M. HENINGTON, 0-734086, 2nd Lieutenant, Army Air Forces, United States Army. For extraordinary achievement, while serving as Pilot of a B-17 airplane on a bombardment mission over Germany, 17 August 1943. In spite of intense anti-aircraft fire and extremely heavy fighter opposition, the formation made the deepest penetration thus far into Germany, bombed a target of vital importance with highly successful results and continued on to bases in another theater. During one of the greatest aerial battles of the war, lasting over two hours, approximately one hundred and fifty enemy fighter aircraft were destroyed. The courage, skill and determination displayed by Lt. Henington on this occasion reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the Unites States. Home Address: Houston, Texas.

OWEN D. ROANE, T-120216, Flight Officer, Army Air Forces, United States Army. For extraordinary achievement, while serving as Pilot of a B-17 airplane on a bombardment mission over Germany, 17 August 1943. In spite of intense anti-aircraft fire and extremely heavy fighter opposition, the formation made the deepest penetration thus far into Germany, bombed a target of vital importance with highly successful results and continued on to bases in another theater. During one of the greatest aerial battles of the war, lasting over two hours, approximately one hundred and fifty enemy fighter aircraft were destroyed. The courage, skill and determination displayed by Flight Officer Roane on this occasion reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the Unites States. Home Address: Valley View, Texas.

JOHN B. KIDD, 0-398625, Major, Army Air Forces, United States Army. For extraordinary achievement, while serving as Combat Leader of a B-17 Group on a bombardment mission over Germany, 17 August 1943. In spite of intense anti-aircraft fire and extremely heavy fighter opposition, the formation made the deepest penetration thus far into Germany, bombed a target of vital importance with highly successful results and continued on to bases in another theater. During one of the greatest aerial battles of the war, lasting over two hours, approximately one hundred and fifty enemy fighter aircraft were destroyed. The courage, skill and determination displayed by Major Kidd on this occasion reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the Unites States. Home Address: New Rochelle, New York.

WILLIAM WATTERSTON VEAL, 0-398554, Major, Army Air Forces, United States Army. For extraordinary achievement, while serving as Squadron Leader on a bombardment mission over Germany, 17 August 1943. In spite of intense anti-aircraft fire and extremely heavy fighter opposition, the formation made the deepest penetration thus far into Germany, bombed a target of vital importance with highly successful results and continued on to bases in another theater. During one of the greatest aerial battles of the war, lasting over two hours, approximately one hundred and fifty enemy fighter aircraft were destroyed. The courage, skill and determination displayed by Major Veal on this occasion reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the Unites States. Home Address: New Rochelle, New York

THOMAS E. MURPHY, 0-441010, 1st Lieutenant, Army Air Forces, United States Army. For extraordinary achievement, while serving as Pilot of a B-17 airplane on a bombardment mission over Germany, 17 August 1943. In spite of intense anti-aircraft fire and extremely heavy fighter opposition, the formation made the deepest penetration thus far into Germany, bombed a target of vital importance with highly successful results and continued on to bases in another theater. During one of the greatest aerial battles of the war, lasting over two hours, approximately one hundred and fifty enemy fighter aircraft were destroyed. The courage, skill and determination displayed by Lt. Murphy on this occasion reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the Unites States. Home Address: Waltham, Massachusetts