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
extraordinary achievement while participating in
aerial flight 29 May 1945. These individuals were
combat crew members of a B-29 aircraft on a daylight
strike from a base in the Marianas against Yokohama,
Japan. En route to the target, they were subjected
to intense flak, but they resolutely held course
and released their bombs squarely on the objective
with devasting results. At the instance of bombs
away, the entire preceding element was struck by
a concentration of anti-aircraft fire. Instantly
preceiving that the left wing bomber had beeen mortially
struck, they manuvered their own plane to give it
protective cover. Struggling out over the enemy
coast, fast loosing altitude and flying speed despite
the desperate efforts of its crew, the B-29 was
viciously attacked by four enemy fighter aircraft.
This crew protecting the shattered B-29, drove the
fighters off, destroying one. Once out to sea, the
almost destroyed bomber was abandoned by its crew.
These airmen circled the survivors in the water
until relieved by patrol aircraft. They then escorted
a second cripped B-29 safely back to base. The outstanding
airmenship displayed by these veterans of repeated
assults against the Japanese homeland and their
courageous protection of their comrades reflect
great credit on themselves and the Arny Air Forces.
Lieutenant WILLIAM K. BROOKS, (then Second Lieutenant),
Air Corps, United States Army, as Airplane Commander.
Lieutenant JAMES R. LITTLE, (then Second Lieutenant),
Air Corps, United States Army, as Pilot.
Lieutenant SOLLOMAN PRITT, Air Corps, United States
Army, as Bombardier.
Lieutenant VINCENZO RICCI, Air Corps, United States
Army, as Radar Observer.
Officer GEORGE R. HOOD, Air Corps, United States
Army, as Navigator.
Officer EDGAR OAKS (then Staff Sergeant), Air Corps,
United States Army, as Engineer.
Sergeant DONALD R. HAMANG (then Sergeant), Air Corps,
United States Army, as Central Fire Control Gunner.
Sergeant JOHN W. BOWMAN (then Sergeant), Air Corps,
United States Army, as Right Blister Gunner.
Sergeant TOIVO KALLIO, (then Sergeant), Air Corps,
United States Army, as Radio Operator.
Sergeant JOSEPH C. PARUTI, (then Sergeant), Air
Corps, United States Army, as Blister Gunner.