3/3/1922 – 3/9/2015 Branch: Army Air Corps 12th Air Force Unit: 350th Fight Group Outfit: 347th Squadron Service Dates: 1942 – 1945 Veteran Station: Mediterranean Theater County: Johnson, Mo. Conflicts/Significant Events: Was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for flying 141 missions in World War II in North Africa, Casablanca, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Southern France. He recalls one particular mission, Christmas Eve, over the Po Valley in Italy, where he destroyed an enemy fighter airstrip and planes, crippling the enemy’s air power. On another occasion, he bailed out over the ocean when an engine malfunctioned, qualifying him as a member of the Caterpillar Club, or those who had “hit the silk” in a bailout and survived. Story uploaded: Thursday, May 24, 2007 / updated: Monday April 24th, 2023
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