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Re: Fred Wesche
Wed Oct 28, 2015 07:38
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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 in 1946. I believe he was with the 19th and 43rd from about May 42 to June 43. I found the following citation at:

www.homeofheroes.com/members/02_DSC/citatons/03_wwii-dsc/aaf_t.html#W

"The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frederick F. Wesche, III, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on January 5, 1943, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations. The personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Captain Wesche on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces."

His name also appears on a list of DSC recipients at:

http://valor.defense.gov/Portals/24/Documents/ServiceCross/ArmyDSC-WWII.pdf

Thanks for any assistance yyou can offer!

  • 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: drew.c.wesche.ctr@mail.mil If he is in there, I am sure to recognize him!
    • Re: Fred Wesche — Drew Wesche, Wed Oct 28 07:38
      • re: Fred WescheNormB, Thu Oct 29 14:48
        The US Dept of Defense's list of recipients includes your father. See http://valor.defense.gov/Recipients/ArmyDistinguishedServiceCrossRecipients.aspx 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 http://valor.defense.gov/Recipients/ArmyDistinguishedServiceCrossRecipients.aspx 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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