MEDALS & AWARDS

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

Mission 31: Monte Cassino, Italy, 15 February 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

2 (1)

0

0

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Air Medal awarded to 2nd Lt. Paul Gustov, Bombardier, 318th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-14201, Thor, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 15 February 1944.  Lt. Gustov's bomb run resulted in 97% of his bombs hitting directly on the Benedictine Abbey on top of Monte Cassino, causing substantial damage to dug-in enemy troops.  His skill and expertise are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps."

 

Air Medal awarded to 2nd Lt. Harry W. Schumpert, Bombardier, 316th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-11779, Return to Sender, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 15 February 1944.  Lt. Schumpert's bomb run resulted in 92% of his bombs hitting directly on the Benedictine Abbey on top of Monte Cassino, causing substantial damage to dug-in enemy troops.  His skill and expertise are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps."

Mission 32: Campoleone, Italy, 17 February 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

Air Medal awarded to 1st Lt. Phillip J. Morris, Bombardier, 316th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-11806, Satin Doll, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 17 February 1944.  Lt. Morris' bomb run resulted in 97% of his bombs hitting within 1000 feet of the Impact Point, causing substantial destruction to the enemy's vehicles within a transportation park which prevented the transport of troops and supplies to the front lines and hindering his ability to attack our ground troops. His skill and expertise are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps."

 

Air Medal awarded to 2nd Lt. Paul Gustov, Bombardier, 318th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-14201, Thor, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 17 February 1944.  Lt. Gustov's bomb run resulted in 95% of his bombs hitting within 1000 feet of the Impact Point, causing substantial destruction to the enemy's vehicles within a transportation park which prevented the transport of troops and supplies to the front lines and hindering his ability  to attack our ground troops.  His skill and expertise are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps."

Mission 33: Regensberg, Germany, 22 February 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

0

43 (18)

26

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Mission 34: Klagenfurt, Austria, 25 February 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

0

26 (13)

0

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Mission 35: Velletri, Italy, 2 March 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 36: Rome, Italy, 3 March 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 37: Wiener-Neustadt, Austria, 7 March 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

1

51 (20)

1

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Air Medal awarded to 1st Lt. Michael DeMarco, Bombardier, 399th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-14194, Raid Hot Mama, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 7 March 1944.  Lt. DeMarco's bomb run resulted in 96% of his bombs hitting within 1000 feet of the Impact Point, causing substantial damage to the enemy's aircraft production facilities which prevented the manufacture of enemy aircraft and hindering his ability to wage war.  His skill and expertise are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps."

Mission 38: Padua, Italy, 11 March 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

0

13

0

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Mission 39: Udine, Italy, 18 March 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

0

4

17 (6)

9

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Air Medal awarded to 1st Lt. Michael DeMarco, Bombardier, 399th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-14194, Raid Hot Mama, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 18 March 1944.  Lt. DeMarco's bomb run resulted in 90% of his bombs hitting within 1000 feet of the Impact Point, causing substantial damage to the enemy's air facilities which prevented the servicing and repair of enemy aircraft and hindering his ability to wage war.  His skill and expertise are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps."

 

Air Medal awarded to 2nd Lt. Paul Gustov, Bombardier, 318th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-14201, Thor, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 18 March 1944.  Lt. Gustov's bomb run resulted in 99% of his bombs hitting within 1000 feet of the Impact Point, causing substantial damage to the enemy's air facilities which prevented the servicing and repair of enemy aircraft and hindering his ability to wage war.  His skill and expertise are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps."

 

Air Medal awarded to Master Sergeant Richard Tracey, Flight Engineer, 399th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-14196, Goodbye Girl II, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flights from 9 February-to-18 March 1944.  Master Sergeant Tracey's numerous claims of enemy aircraft (three during this mission alone) have added to the success of his plane's missions. His actions on 7 March helped his aircraft commander, Lt. Gordon, to land the crippled aircraft with the loss of the copilot.  Despite the injuries he had sustained, he helped save the lives of the entire crew. Master Sergeant Tracey's courage under fire and his actions are consistently above and beyond the norm, and is an inspiration to the other members of my crew.  His courage, skill and leadership reflects great credit upon himself, the 88th Bombardment Group and US Army Air Forces."

 

Air Medal awarded to Sergeant Lester Karwoski, Gunner, 399th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-11878, Carolina Lady, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 18 March 1944.  Sergeant Karwoski was the tail gunner for the tail-end aircraft of the 88th BG's formation on his very first mission. During the mission Sergeant  Karwoski shot down 3 Me-109 aircraft and damaged 3 more so that they were unable to press home their attacks. His courage, skill and tenacity directly resulted in his aircraft returning to base with minimum damage, and reflects great credit upon himself, the 88th Bombardment Group and US Army Air Forces."

Mission 40:  Klagenfurt, Austria, 19 March 1944

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal

Purple Heart

POW

0

0

0

2

2

45 (29)

23

Numbers in parentheses are posthumous awards.

Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to 1st Lt. Mark Beyer, Pilot, 318th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-12206, The Bawlmer Express, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 19 March 1944.  Lt. Beyer managed to maintain the coherency and discipline of his crew and the control of the aircraft after the aircraft had suffered a direct flak hit to the radio compartment.  Soon after being forced to descend to a lower altitude due to the damage, Lt. Beyer was wounded and the aircraft lost an engine.  Ignoring his wounds, Lt. Beyer, along with Lt. Jones, 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. Beyer managed to keep his crew motivated and focused on the painful flight home and although most of the guns were either disabled, he flew over 300 miles back into friendly territory. Over the base, the starboard main landing gear would not descend and he and Lt. Jones made a successful belly-landing.  His actions ensured that the remaining 9 crew members survived, including the seriously wounded navigator who was unable to bailout 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. Edward Jones, Co-pilot, 318th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-12206, The Bawlmer Express, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 19 March 1944.  Prior to the bomb run the aircraft took a direct flak hit to the radio compartment which forced the aircraft to abort the mission.  2nd Lt. Jones aided the captain of the aircraft, 1st Lt. Mark Beyer, in keeping the damaged aircraft flying despite its badly damaged status deep inside enemy territory.  Now out-of-formation, 2nd Lt. Jones along with his pilot, 1st Lt. Beyer, were both soon wounded. In spite of his wounds, he helped to successfully return their crippled bomber a distance of over 300 miles to friendly territory and to assist the pilot in making a successful belly-landing, all the while fending off numerous enemy fighter attacks over hostile territory.  His actions contributed in saving the life of a 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. George Heim Jr., Bombardier, 318th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-12206, The Bawlmer Express, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 19 March 1944.  After the aircraft commander ordered the crew to bailout over their base prior to making a dangerous belly-landing, Lt. Heim's volunteered to remain aboard in order to continue to treat a seriously wounded crewman who was too injured to bailout.  His actions helped to contribute in saving the wounded man's life.  His bravery and devotion to duty are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps."

 

Air Medal awarded to Sergeant Delmar Schultz, Gunner, 316th Bomb Squadron, 88th Bombardment Group (Heavy), aircraft 42-14209, Old Yard Dog, for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight on 19 March 1944.  Sergeant Schultz continued to man his post after receiving a severe life threatening injury thereby saving his plane and crew from further attacks by the enemy.  His bravery and devotion to duty are in keeping with the best traditions of the Army Air Corps."

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