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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.