Posted by padevil'66 on June 06, 20 at 17:30:50:
I am very proud of my father's service in the US Army Air Corps. He was awarded four Air Medals and two DFC's as Command Pilot of a B-24. He actually survived 30 missions (albeit one crash on take-off due to engine trouble). If one survived 30 missions he was able to return home. Fact: More US Airmen were killed in in the European theater than all of the Marines in the Pacific. I also served in the Air Force and am a Vietnam War vet.
The Oak Leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross was awarded to my dad, Ben Alexander, per General Order 7, on 4 January, 1945. The citation read as follows:
Allen B. Alexander, 0-664116, Captain, Army Air Force, United States Army.
For extraordinary achievement while serving as Lead Pilot of a B-24 aircraft on a bombing mission to Germany, 6 December, 1944. Assuming the lead of a Combat Wing, although he was experiencing mechanical difficulty with his engines, Captain Alexander maintained a compact formation as he steadily lost altitude and reduced his air speed. The presence of special equipment aboard his aircraft influenced Captain Alexander to continue on in his mission in order that he might insure the success of this mission. After successfully bombing the target, Captain Alexander relinquished the lead. The aggressive determination to complete this mission, and the flying skill displayed by Captain Alexander on this occasion, reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
By command of Major General Kepner, Headquarters 2nd Air Division, 8th Air Force.
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