MEDALS & AWARDS

Missions 1 to 10            Missions 11 to 20            Missions 21 to 30        Missions 31 to 40          Missions 41 to 50            Missions 51 to 60        Missions 61 to 70          Missions 71 to 80            Missions 81 to 90

Mission 91: Bucharest, Romania, 3 July 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

2

1

47 (21)

10

 

                                        Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

 

Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to 1st Lt. Thomas Hood, Pilot, 316th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 43-9005, St. Louis Belle II, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 3 July 1944.  With a seriously wounded crew member aboard, 1st Lt. Hood, along with his co-pilot, successfully ditched their bomber within range of friendly territory.  After ditching his aircraft, 1st Lt. Hood, was the last to leave the sinking aircraft after supervised the loading of the wounded man and the rest of his men to the rafts, from there they paddled to a nearby friendly island, thus saving himself and 9 other crew members under his command.  His calmness under fire and his flying ability are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps.

 

Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to 2nd Lt. Scott Holder, Co-Pilot, 316th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 43-9005, St. Louis Belle II, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 3 July 1944.  2nd Lt. Holder, along with his pilot, helped to successfully ditched their bomber within range of friendly territory, thus saving himself and 9 other crew members.  His calmness under fire and his flying ability are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps.

 

Air Medal awarded to Sergeant Stanley Gates, Gunner, 318th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 43-8982, Storm Runner, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 3 July 1944.  Sergeant has been credited with shooting down 3 enemy fighters after his damaged bomber was forced to abort its bombing mission and return to base alone.  His vigilance and marksmanship contributed to the safe return of this aircraft with all its crew members from its mission to Bucharest, Romania.  His skill and expertise are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps.

Mission 92: Brasov, Romania, 4 July 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

2

2

1

39 (15)

10

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Silver Star awarded to 2nd Lt. William Hernandez, Pilot, 318th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 43-9002, Lickity-Split, for gallantry in action while participating in aerial flight on 4 July 1944.  Suffering a loss of compartment heat as a result of enemy actions, 2nd Lt. Hernandez refused to drop out of formation, thus exposing himself to extreme frostbite conditions and in order to provide the crew the benefits of the mutual defensive fire of the squadron while over enemy territory. His bravery and courage for his fellow airmen are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps.

 

Silver Star awarded to 2nd Lt. Mark Romero, Co-Pilot, 318th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 43-9002, Lickity-Split, for gallantry in action while participating in aerial flight on 29 May 1944.  Suffering a loss of compartment heat as a result of enemy actions, 2nd Lt. Romero was exposed to extreme frostbite conditions and remained in formation in order to provide the crew the benefits of the mutual defensive fire of the squadron while over enemy territory. His bravery and courage for his fellow airmen are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps.

 

Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to 2nd Lt. William Hernandez, Pilot, 318th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 43-9002, Lickity-Split, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 4 July 1944.  Despite being frostbitten and with a seriously wounded crew member aboard, 2nd Lt. Hernandez, along with his co-pilot, successfully ditched their bomber within range of friendly territory.  After ditching his aircraft, 2nd Lt. Hernandez, was the last to leave the sinking aircraft after supervised the loading of the wounded man and the rest of his men to the rafts, from there they paddled to a nearby friendly island, thus saving himself and 7 other crew members under his command.  His calmness under fire and his flying ability are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps.

 

Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to 2nd Lt. Mark Romero, Co-Pilot, 318th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 43-9002, Lickity-Split, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 4 July 1944.  Despite being frostbitten and with a seriously wounded crew member aboard, 2nd Lt. Romeo, along with his pilot, helped to successfully ditched their bomber within range of friendly territory, thus saving himself and 7 other crew members.  His calmness under fire and his flying ability are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps.

 

Air Medal awarded to 1st Lt. David McClain, Bombardier, 316th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 43-8912, Ginger Snap, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 4 July 1944 during a mission to Brasov, Romania.  Lt. McClain's bomb run resulted in 94% of his bombs hitting within 1000 feet of the Impact Point, causing substantial damage to the enemy's oil production facilities which prevented the supply of  petroleum fuels and hindering the enemy's ability to wage war.  His skill and expertise are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps.

Mission 93: Montpellier, France, 5 July 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Mission 94: Verona, Italy, 6 July 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Mission 95: Vienna, Austria, 8 July 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Mission 96:

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Mission 97:

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Mission 98:

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Mission 99:

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Mission 100:

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

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