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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

“The Mighty Eighth”

19 Jan. 1942 - 12 Sept. 1945

 

—European - African - Middle Eastern Theater of Operations —

 
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By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
1. "The Mighty Eighth" Marker
Inscription.
VIII Bomber Command 19 January 1942
Eight Air Force 1 February 1942

Air Offensive Campaigns and Commanders

“Europe” - Maj. Gen. Ira C. Eaker
“Normandy” - Brig. Gen. Newton Longfellow
“Northern France” - Maj. Gen. Frederick L. Anderson
“Rhineland” - Lt. Gen. James H. Doolittle
“Ardennes-Alsace” - Maj. Gen. William Kepner
“Central Europe” - Maj. Gen. Westside T. Larson

“Medal of Honor”
1st Lt. Jack Warren Mathis 18 March 43
SSgt. Maynard H. Smith 1 May 43
F/O John Cary Morgan 28 July 43
Col. Leon W. Johnson 1 Aug. 43
2nd Lt. Lloyd H. Hughes 1 Aug. 43
Lt. Col. Earl A. Baker 1 Aug. 43
Major John L. Jerstad 1 Aug. 43
SSgt. Forrest L. Vosler 20 Dec. 43
1st Lt. William R. Lawley, Jr. 20 Feb. 44
2nd Lt. Walter E. Truemper 20 Feb. 44
SSgt. Archibald Mathies 20 Feb. 44
1st Lt. Edward S. Michael 11 Apr. 44
Lt. Col. Leon Robert Vance 5 Jun. 44
1st Lt. Donald Joseph Gott 9 Nov. 44
2nd Lt. William E. Metzger 9 Nov. 44
2nd Lt. Robert E. Femoyer 2 Nov. 44
Brig. Gen. Frederick W. Castle 24 Dec. 44

Distinguished Service Cross 226
Distinguished Flying Cross 45977
Distinguished Service Medal
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2. "The Mighty Eighth" Emblem
12
Silver Starts 864
Air Medal 442300
Bronze Star 2984
Soldiers Medal 488
Purple Heart 7033
Legion of Merit 209
27 Distinguished Unit Citations
18 Meritous Service Unit Plaques

The heritage of free peoples in their quest for world peace against tyranny and suppression of freedom was honored by the courageous sacrifices of over 300,000 men and women during World War Two who served in the mightiest air combat striking force ever committed to battle - the “U.S. Eighth Air Force.” To these many, and the nearly 50,000 who were killed or did not return from their missions, this memorial is respectfully dedicated.

October 9, 1982

 
Erected 1982 by The Eighth Air Force Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 46.837′ N, 84° 6.725′ W. Marker is in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Click for map. Marker (Memorial #029) is in the Memorial Park of the National Museum of the United States Air Force, with museum access off Springfield Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Spaatz Street, Dayton OH 45433, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. China Burma India Hump Aircrews (a few steps from this marker); 44th Bomb Group (H)
8th Air Force Bases Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
3. 8th Air Force Bases Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Glider Pilots (a few steps from this marker); Doris Scott (a few steps from this marker); 91st Bomb Group (H) (within shouting distance of this marker); Valor Park (within shouting distance of this marker); 34th Bomb Group (Heavy) (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexander P. de Seversky (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
 
Also see . . .
1. 8th Air Force Historical Association. (Submitted on February 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. NMUSAF Memorial Park Diagram. (Submitted on February 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. (Submitted on February 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The American Air Museum, Duxford. (Submitted on February 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
"The Mighty Eighth" Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 4, 2009
4. "The Mighty Eighth" Memorial
8th Air Force Bases Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
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5. 8th Air Force Bases Marker Detail
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6. 8th Air Force Bases Marker Detail
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7. 8th Air Force Bases Marker Detail
8th Air Force Bases Marker Key image. Click for full size.
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8. 8th Air Force Bases Marker Key
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9. 8th Air Force Unit Locations & Aircraft
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10. 8th Air Force Unit Locations & Aircraft
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11. 8th Air Force Unit Locations & Aircraft
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12. 8th Air Force Unit Locations & Aircraft
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14. 8th Air Force Unit Locations & Aircraft
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15. 8th Air Force Unit Locations & Aircraft
NMUSAF Memorial Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
16. NMUSAF Memorial Park Sign
 
 
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