GUNNER, MISSING P47 FLIER ARE AWARDED U.S. MEDALS

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GUNNER, MISSING P47 FLIER ARE AWARDED U.S. MEDALS

From the July 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

Capt. Alwyn M. Juchheim, of Grenada, Miss., now missing in action, has been awarded the DSC for “extraordinary heroism against the enemy,” and T/Sgt. Eugene Dworaczyk, of Falls City, Tex., 20-year-old-radio operator and gunner on a Liberator has been awarded the Soldier’s Medal for “heroism displayed at the scene of a ditching in the English Channel.”

An Eighth P47 Thunderbolt pilot in the group commanded by Col. Frederick C. Gray, of Abilene, Kan., Juchheim had completed 77 missions before being listed as missing in action. He holds the DFC and the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. Dworaczyk also holds the Air Medal.



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The US Army Distinguished Service Cross (left) and Soldier’s Medal (right)



For Further Reading Check Out:

The Mighty Eighth: The Air War in Europe as Told by the Men Who Fought It


Blood and Fears: How America’s Bomber Boys of the 8th Air Force Saved World War II


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  • I wonder if Capt. Juchheim was ever found as a prisoner of war, or perhaps declared killed in action. At any rate, he and the T-Sgt. were brave men, like so many who did their duty in WWII.

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