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Michael Prestia

Served the 8th Air Force Stationed in Deopham Green, England aboard B-17 Bombers.

452nd Bomb Group Headquarters

730th Squadron

1st Lt. US Army Air Force

Combat Awards:

Good Conduct Medal

Aerial Gunner

Navigator

European Battle Medal with Silver Star and two Bronze Stars

Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters

WWII Victory Medal

Some Group Missions In Attendance:

Aircraft                    Date                       Mission

Frivolous Sal II- January 8, 1945 Communation Center at Waxweiller near Luneback.

Lady Gay- November 26, 1944 Rail Road Marshalling yard at Hamm, Germany.

Laka Saky #185- October 15, 1944 Concrete re-enforcement cover for submarine pens

                             at Heligoland Island in the North Sea

Our Buddy #972 - August 25, 1944 Target Synthetic Oil Refinery at Politz, near Stettin

                           - August 30, 1944 Folke Wolfe Aircraft Factory Assembly Plant in the

                              port city of Bremen, North Germany

                             - September 9, 1944 Dusseldorf, Germany, The Fabian Chemical

                               Works and AA Gun Factory

                              - November 2, 1944 Water Works adjacent to the Synthetic Oil Refinery

                              in Merseburg, Germany

Richters Raiders #814 February 17, 1945 Frankfurt au Maine, Germany

Sack Time Sioux #660- September 19, 1944 Chemical Plant Weisbaden,Germany

Slightly Dangerous- November 5, 1944 AA gun emplacements at Thionville and the Rail

                                 Road Marshalling Yards at Ludwigshaven, Germany.

                                 - December 24, 1944 The Airfield at Darmstadt, Germany and also

                                   to assist the ground forces counterattack at the Ardenns. "The

                                   Battle of the Bulge".

                                  -January 3, 1945 Fulda, near Strasburg, Germany

                                  -January 5, 1945 Lattarva and Koblenz to the Rail Road Yards of

                                  Hanau.

                                  -January 17, 1945 Mostly over water to the sub pens and works at

                                   Hamburg, Germany.

                                  -January 28, 1945 Rail Road Marshalling Yards at Hohenbudberg,

                                   Germany near Duisberg.

Stork II- October 14, 1944 Five Rail Road Marshaling Yards at Cologne, Germany

(Unknown) #345- August 31, 1944 Tank and Buzz Bomb assembly plant at Mainz, West

                                                         Germany

(Unknown) #987- September 8, 1944 Mainz Germany

(Unknown) #973- September 17, 1944 Gun emplacements on an airfield at Appledorn

                                                                near Arnheim, Belgium

(Unknown) #073- October 24, 1944 Oil Refinery in Hamburg, Germany

(Unknown) #970- October 26, 1944 Parts Manufacturer for Tanks, Trucks Guns and

                             Aircraft in Hanover, Germany.

(Unknown) #308- November 4, 1944- Coke Works at Neukirken (Neunkirchen) Germany.

Republic of France - Minister of Defense

In recognition of the French effort -

The allied armies engagement in combat in Normandy and the liberation of France 1944 - 1945.

21 February 2007 - Signed by the Secretary of Defense in charge of previous combatants. 

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