39th Bomb Group (VH)
Crew 5

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Award of Distinguished Flying Cross

APO 234, c/o Postmaster
San Francisco California

5 September 1945
NO . . . . . . . . 54) -
   Section III

         AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED-FLYING-CROSS--By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 2 July 1926 (Bull 8, WD 1926), and persuant to authority delegated by Headquaters United States Army Strategic Air Forces in letter, file AG 323; subject: "Ddefinitions of Administrative Responsibilities", dated 6 August 1945, announcement is made of the award of the Distinguished-Flying-Cross to the following named officers and enlisted men of the 60th Bombardment Squadron, 39th Bombardment Group.

         For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight 19 June 1945. These individuals were combat crew members of a B-29 aircraft flying from a base in the Marianas on a bombardment of Shizuoka, Japan. They successfully made the long over-water flight to the assembly area, in the face of possible ditching at sea because of mechanical malfunction. Heavy anti-aircraft and automatic weapons fire was encountered from the intial point throughout the bomb run. Despite this severe enemy opposition, they made a coordinated visual bomb run, scoring excellent results. Their work contributed substantially to the heavy destruction meted out to the objective. The courage, skill and devotion to duty demonstrated by these veterans of repeated assaults against the Japanese mainland were material contributions to the sucessful accomplishment of this mission, reflect great credit on themselves and the Army Air Forces.

First Lieutenant ALPHONSE J. BALDI (then Second Lieutenant), Air Corps, United States Army, as Pilot.

First Lieutenant FRANK J. FOLKER, JR. (then Second Lieutenant), Air Corps, United States Army, as Navigator.

Master Sergeant GLADE A. LOY, Air Corps, United States Army, as Flight Engineer.

Staff Sergeant CLAUDE W. ALGER, Air Corps, United States Army, as Blister Gunner.

Staff Sergeant ROBERT E. LAIRD, Air Corps, United States Army, as Central Fire Control Gunner.

Staff Sergeant JOHN F. MAGIRL, (then Sergeant) Air Corps, United States Army, as Radio Operator.

Staff Sergeant MICHAEL REVOCK, JR., (then Sergeant) Air Corps, United States Army, as Tail Gunner.

Staff Sergeant STANLEY L. PHILLIPS, (then Sergeant) Air Corps, United States Army, as Right Gunner.

Sources: GO 54 sec 3 dated 5 Sep 1945 HQ 20th AF