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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
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:

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
                              -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

(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.