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 61st Bombardment Squadron, 39th Bombardment
extraordinary achievement while participating in
aerial flight over the Japanese home island of Shikoku
3 July 1945. These individuals were combat crew
members of a B-29 aircraft on the highly successful
night incediary strike at the important shipping
and military center of Tokushima. After dropping
their bombs in the target area and turning southward
through heavy-caliber anti-aircraft fire, they received
a distress call from another B-29. Risking enemy
fighter attacks by showing an identifying light
to the distressed airplane, in spite of a fast-deminishing
fuel suppy, until the damaged B-29 had landed at
an advanced base. During this time, they supplied
the crippled airplane with invaluable navigational
data, without which it probably would not have been
able to reach base. After the safety of this bomber
had been assured, and only then did these crew members
resume their flight to home base, which was completed
safely. The cool courage, the exemplary determination,
the superior skill and airmanship displayed by these
veterans of repeated assaults against the Japanese
homeland materially contributed to a successful
bombing mission and helped immeasurably to save
the lives of eleven B-29 crew members and their
airplane. Their actions reflect great
credit upon themselves and the Army Air Forces.
Lieutenant ROBERT L. HICKEY, Air Corps, United States
Army, as Radar Observer.
Lieutenant GEORGE S. MOTT, JR., Air Corps, United
States Army, as Airplane Commander.
Lieutenant HYMEN L. BLUMENSTOCK, Air Corps, United
States Army, as Bombardier.
Officer HENRY L. BOGDANSKI, Air Corps, United States
Army, as Pilot.
Sergeant LAWRENCE H. CLINE (then
Sergeant), Air Corps, United States
Army, as Flight Engineer.
Sergeant EUGENE J. ANDREOTTI, Air Corps, United
States Army, as Left Blister Gunner.
Sergeant MARTIN E. ISMERT, JR., Air Corps, United
States Army, as Radio Operator.
HERSCHEL W. BOWLING, Air
Corps, United States Army, as Central
Fire Control Gunner.
PAUL PAULICK, Air Corps, United States Army, as