39th Bomb Group (VH)

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Award of Distinguished Flying Cross
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The following partial DFC citation was on the top part of one of 2 pages received from Greg Wilkes, son of S/Sgt James C. Wilkes Jr., Radio Operator, Crew 43 - who was providing us with the DFC citation for his father.

Even though this is only a partial order - we know that the citation is in Section 30 of General Order 64 dated 15 September 1945 as it is the section immediately preceding the citation for Crew 43 (located in Section 31).

Also as is typical of all the DFC orders - the first paragraph cited the name of the award and the description under what authority the DFC is awarded - so that has been added to the citation below.

What is not known is the start of the 2nd paragraph from the original citation describing what mission it was and the action leading up to "burst. During this time ..." the of the citation as it is shown below.

If anyone has a copy of General Order 64 dated 15 September 1945, Section XXX (30) issued by HQ 20th AF (Page 2 in the set of 6 pages for this segment of GO 64; page 1, 5 and 6 would be helpful as well) - please email

Per General Order 81 Section XXX - David Fisher, Radio Operator and Harvard B. Cox, Pilot were awarded the DFC. Upon review of this order - its believe that the missing part of paragraph 2 in GO 64 - is listed in paragraph 2 of GO 81 ... as the phrase "burst. During this time ..." is cited in both orders .. and from this point forward the 2 orders read almost the same.  Its believe GO 64 Sec XXX and GO 81 Sec XXX cover the same mission which the men from both orders were awarded the DFC.

APO 234, c/o Postmaster
San Francisco California

15 September 1945
NO . . . . . . . . 64) -
   Section XXX

         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 pursuant to authority delegated by Headquarters United States Army Strategic Air Forces in letter, file AG 323; subject: "Definitions 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:

        For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 5 June 1945. These individuals were members of the combat crew of a B-29 aircraftin the devastating medium altitude, daylight strike from a base in the Marianas agaist Kobe, Japan.  Shortly after leaving the inital point, they encountered fierce enemy opposition in the form of accurate heavy caliber anti-aircraft fire, which scored several hits on the fuselage, and air-to-air bombing and phosphorus bursts. During this time the enemy fighters, two of which were shot down by the gunners from this Superfortress, made vicious, closely pressed attacks. In spite of these attacks these crewmen, with outstanding courage and skill, maintained their aircraft on the briefed heading to the objective without evasive tactics. At the target, where defenses were most highly concentrated, their bombs were released squarely on the aiming point. Although results at the time were unobserved because of huge clouds of smoke billowing over the city, later reconnaissance photographs revealed that the area assigned to this aircraft was completely demolished. The courage and fortitude displayed by these veterans of repeated assaults against the Japanese homeland, together with their outstanding professional skill reflect great credit on themselves and the Army Air Forces.

Captain FRANCIS E. SMITH, Air Corps, United States Army, as Navigator.

First Lieutenant DANIEL B. CLENDENING, Air Corps, United States Army, as Radar Observer.

First Lieutenant ROBERT H. DUDLEY, Air Corps, United States Army, as Airplane Commander.

Master Sergeant RICHARD W. JACOBSEN, (Then Staff Sergeant), Air Corps, United States Army, as Flight Engineer.

Technical Sergeant JOHN C. DONOGHUE, (Then Staff Sergeant), Air Corps, United States Army, as Central Fire Control Gunner.

Staff Sergeant ROLLAND R. JOHNSON, (Then Sergeant), Air Corps, United States Army, as Right Blister Gunner.

 Click here to view GO 81 Section XXX Award of DFC for S/Sgt David Fisher, Radio Operator & 1st Lt Harvard B. Cox, Pilot

Source: GO 64 Sec XXX 15 Sept 1945, HQ 20th AF