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Award of Distinguished Flying Cross
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HEADQUATERS TWENTIETH AIR FORCE
APO 234, c/o Postmaster
San Francisco California

GENERAL ORDERS )    
17 September 1945
NO . . . . . . . . 66) -
   Section XXV

         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 62nd Bombardment Squadron, 39th Bombardment Group.

        For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight 5 June 1945 on a bombing mission against the industrial area of Kobe, Japan. These individuals were combat crew members of a B-29 aircraft which led a successful medium-altitude daylight strike from a base in the Marianas against that extremely important target. When they arrived at the assembly point, bad weather interfered, making it necessary to proceed instead to the reassembly point. The plane originally scheduled to lead the formation did not arrive, and they assumed the lead, guiding the formation from assembly to the target, despite heavy cloud cover and intense enemy opposition all along the route. During the bombing run, they were attacked from all quarters by both single-engined and twin-engined enemy fighters, which dropped numerous phosphorus bombs. The airplane was damaged by anti-aircraft fire during the run, but with cool determination and outstanding skill these crewmen maintained the airplane and the formation on the bombing run. All projectiles landed squarely on the target, and smoke was observed to rise to a height of 18,000 feet. The courage and fortitude displayed by these veteran combat crewmen, together with their outstanding professional skill in an important assignment reflect great credit on themselves and the Army Air Forces.

First Lieutenant EDWARD B. DAVENPORT, (then Second Lieutenant) Air Corps, United States Army, as Radar Observer.

First Lieutenant CARL H. GABRIEL, Air Corps, United States Army, as Bombardier.

First Lieutenant LOUIS ORENBUCH, Air Corps, United States Army, as Flight Engineer.

First Lieutenant RALPH A. WESTON, Air Corps, United States Army, as Pilot.

Technical Sergeant HOWARD W. HUNSINGER, Air Corps, United States Army, as Central Fire Control Gunner.

Staff Sergeant JOSEPH J. JACARUSO, Air Corps, United States Army, as Tail Gunner.

Staff Sergeant RAYMOND J. JACOB, Air Corps, United States Army, as Left Gunner.

Staff Sergeant HENRY R. MOSNER, Air Corps, United States Army, as Radio Operator.


Source: GO 66 Sec 26 17 Sept 1945, HQ 20th AF