MEDALS & AWARDS

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

Mission 11: Sofia, 11 January 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

1

38 (14)

0

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Air Medal awarded to 2nd Lt. David Collins, Bombardier, 316th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-11804, Lucky Penny, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 11 January 1944.  Lt. Collins' bomb run resulted in 95% of his bombs hitting within 1000 feet of the Impact Point, causing substantial damage to the enemy's marshalling yards which prevented the transport of supplies to the front lines and hindering his ability to wage war.  His skill and expertise are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps."

Mission 12: Fiume, 12 January 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

1

32 (7)

0

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Air Medal awarded to 2nd Lt. Walter Peterson, Bombardier, 317th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-11822, Old Crow Express, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 12 January 1944.  Lt. Peterson's bomb run resulted in 99% of his bombs hitting within 1000 feet of the Impact Point, causing  substantial damage to the enemy's oil refineries 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 13: Guidonia, 14 January 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mission 14: Florence,  15 January 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

0

45 (27)

0

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Mission 15: Prato, 16 January 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

0

13 (2)

0

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Mission 16: Klagenfurt, 17 January 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

2

3

37 (18)

10

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to 1st Lt. Joseph Di Agostino, Pilot, 318th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-11829, Iron Lady, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 17 January 1944. Lt. Di Agostino managed to maintain the coherency and discipline of his crew after the aircraft had two of its engines knocked out by enemy fire deep inside enemy territory. Lt. Di Agostino managed to keep control of the aircraft and after being forced to descend to a lower altitude due to the loss of the two engines then managed to bring his heavily damaged aircraft home in spite of numerous and heavy enemy fighter attacks which caused additional damage to the aircraft. With his navigator seriously wounded, Lt. Di Agostino managed to keep his crew motivated and focused on the painful flight home and although most of the guns were either disabled or the gunners injured, he refused to ditch his plane. His actions ensured that 8 out of his 9 crew survived and it is only because of his perseverance and bravery that so many of his crew survived. His calmness  under fire, his dedication to duty and his flying ability are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps."

 

Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to 2nd Lt. Herbert Johnson, Co-pilot, 318th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-11829, Iron Lady, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 17 January 1944.  Prior to the bomb run the lost of two engines forced the aircraft to abort the mission.  2nd Lt. Johnson managed to quickly feather the propellers of the two badly damaged engines and aided the captain of the aircraft, 1st Lt. Joseph Di Agostino, to keep the damaged aircraft flying despite its badly damaged status deep inside enemy territory.  Now out-of-formation, 2nd Lt. Johnson along with his pilot, 1st Lt. Di Agostino, successfully returned their crippled bomber a distance of over 200 miles to friendly territory, all the while fending off numerous enemy fighter attacks over hostile territory. His actions saved the lives of two badly injured crewmen as well as preventing the loss of the rest of the crew and the aircraft.  His calmness under fire and his flying ability are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps."

 

Air Medal awarded to 2nd Lt. David Collins, Bombardier, 316th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-11804, Lucky Penny, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 17 January 1944.  Lt. Collins' bomb run resulted in 97% of his bombs hitting within 1000 feet of the Impact Point, causing substantial damage to the enemy's aircraft production efforts, hindering the enemy's war effort.  His skill and expertise are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps."

 

Air Medal awarded to Staff Sergeant Andres Fargo, Flight Engineer, 399th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-11846, Texas Thunder, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 17 January 1944.  SSgt. Fargo, although wounded in the first fighter attack on the Texas Thunder, SSgt. Fargo remained at his post battling enemy aircraft during the homeward bound leg of the mission.  His superior performance help destroyed 6 enemy fighters and damaged several others driving them off before they could press their attacks.  His skill and expertise are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps."

 

Air Medal awarded to Staff Sergeant Hank Foster, Flight Engineer, 318th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-11829, Iron Lady, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 17 January 1944.  After his bomber was forced out-of-formation due to the loss of two engines, SSgt. Foster, single-handily destroyed 2 enemy aircraft and probably destroyed 2 other enemy aircraft until the point where his turret was knocked out. With his turret now inoperable, SSgt. Foster continued to man his position to try to fool the enemy into thinking that the guns were still working. Of the four aircraft SSgt. Foster dealt with, three were from one attack wave.  His actions helped to save the lives of two badly injured crewmen as well as preventing the loss of the rest of the crew and the aircraft. His skill and expertise are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps."

Mission 17: Florence, 18 January 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

1

16 (4)

0

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Air Medal awarded to 2nd Lt. Thomas O'Malley, C0-pilot, 316th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-11767, Claremont Express, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 18 January 1944. After the bombardier was incapacitated, Lt. O'Malley carried out duties from a new position, those of the bombardier, returned fire against several German fighters, dropped the ordinance, and encouraged the rest of the crew, all while working in a shattered compartment as bombardier lay mortally wounded.  His dedication do duty are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps."

Mission 18: Centocelle, 19 January 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mission 19: Ciampino, 20 January 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mission 20: Parma, 21 January 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

0

78 (35)

3

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

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