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"Timely Reminder"
B-29 # 44-69716
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P-57 in Flight
Photo Courtesy of Robert Davenport, son of William T. Davenport, RG, P-46

HEADQUATERS TWENTIETH AIR FORCE
APO 234, c/o Postmaster
San Francisco California

GENERAL ORDERS )    
6 August 1945
NO . . . . 24 )  
Section XXXII

  

       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 classified letter, file 323, subject: "Delineation of Administrative Responsibilities", dated 16July 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 on 10 May 1945. These officers formed the bombing team of the B-29 aircraft, which led an entire squadron on a highly successful strike from a base in the Marianas Islands against the Otake oil refinery and storage area on the main Japanese island of Honshu. They assumed the lead of a formation of eight airplanes at the assembly point when the designated squadron leader was prevented from arriving at the prescribed time. Displaying outstanding skill, they assembled the planes into tight formation and kept it intact throughout the hazardous mission. From the initial point until after bombs away they were subjected to an intense concentration of heavy anti-aircraft fire and repeated attacks from enemy fighters. Despite these determined defenses, plus a high wind far in excess of that expected, they carried out the mission in an exceptional manner. All of their squadron's bombs were dropped within 1,000 feet of the aiming point from an altitude of 14,500 feet. By their cool courage, extraordinary skill and devotion to duty. These officers brilliantly executed this exacting assignment in a highly successful manner, thereby reflecting great credit on themselves and the Army Air Forces.

Captain John F. Harvey, xxxxxxx, Air Corps, United States Army.

Second Lieutenant Harry B. Eddy, xxxxxxx, Air Corps, United States Army.

Second Lieutenant David Andrew Patterson, xxxxxxxx, Air Corps, United States Army

Flight Officer Paul Bregman, xxxxxxx, Air Corps, United States Army

Excerpt of General Orders 24 provided by Rowland Ball, Nav, P-3

If anyone has any additional information about this crew please email updates@39th.org

Source: Rowland Ball, P-3