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Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:55

My father is Fred Wesche who flew with the 64th Squadron in 1942 and 1942. All my recollections and phots indicate he was awarded the Silver Star. He passed in August 2001 and recently I did some internet research and was surprised to find that his name appeared on several websites (to include a Pentagon one)as having been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for actions on 5 JAN 1943. That was the mission in which Kenneth Walker and San Antonio Rose were shot down. My dad's plane followed the General's aircraft trying to fend of the fighters that were attacking it. As we know, the status of the plane and crew were never determined. I have sent for records but was wondering if anyone has any information on this. My Dad only ever acknowledged his Silver Star and I can find nothing in his file indicating any higher awards, but severl reliable sites indicate the DSC was awarded.

    • Earl Rogers a.k.a RosengartenDavid Follman, Wed May 4 14:17
      Hello, my wife's grandfather was Earl Rogers a.k.a. Earl Rosengarten during the war. I believe he was the radioman on your father's crew. He is on the top right of the photo of Fred Wesche and Crew - ... more
      • "Rosie"Drew Wesche, Thu May 5 07:20
        David: I recall that my Dad kept in touch with Earl (known as Rosie) Not sure which aircraft they were flying. I will be getting my Dad's Log Books from my sister this weekend and will b looking at... more
        • Re: "Rosie"David Follman, Thu May 5 19:39
          Drew, Thank you so much! Best regards, David
    • Fred WescheLouise Terrell, Wed Oct 28 07:13
      Hi Drew, intriguing post. Can you provide your Dad's full name, serial number and dates of assignment with the 43rd BG so we can do some digging in the 43rd's historical records? Do you have any... more
      • Re: Fred WescheDrew Wesche, Wed Oct 28 07:49
        Loise; My father recorded an interview at Rutgers University (his alma mater) as part of the university's Oral History project. The transcript of his interview can be found at:... more
        • Re: Fred WescheLouise Terrell, Fri Oct 30 09:05
          Hi Drew, I perused the 43rd's History from that period, mention of the loss of BG Walker's plane, but not a lot of detail. I did find several photos of a big awards presentation in the 43rd in June... more
          • Fred WescheDrew, Fri Oct 30 10:23
            Louise: Thnaks very much! You can send the photos to me at: If he is in there, I am sure to recognize him!
      • Re: Fred WescheDrew Wesche, Wed Oct 28 07:38
        Luise: Thanks for the quick reply! My father was Frederick F. Wesche III. I believe his Serial Number was 12008556. He entered the Army Air Corps in september 1940 and was released from Active Duty... more
        • re: Fred WescheNormB, Thu Oct 29 14:48
          The US Dept of Defense's list of recipients includes your father. See for WW2. This list has no official standing, but ... more
        • re: Fred WescheNormB, Thu Oct 29 14:43
          The US Dept of Defense's list of recipients includes your father. See for WW2. This list has no official standing, but ... more
          • re Fred WescheClintFrederick, Sat Oct 31 00:14
            You Might check out "The Army Air Forces in WWII volume IV The Pacific: Guadalcanal to Saipan August 1942 to July 1944 - My father is mentioned in several places in the book. George Frederick See... more
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