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Colonel F.W. Castle, Commanding Officer of the 94th Bomb Group awards honours to Major Kenneth S. Steele and Captain William G. Broach, Jr.

Printed caption on reverse of print: 'A Ceremony at U.S. Bomber Station: Extraordinary achievement as leader of a B-17 group on a bombing mission over Germany, 25 July 1943, gained for Major Kenneth S. Steele, 739 Mendecino Av, Santa Rosa, California, a cluster to his D.F.C. When it was found impossible to bomb the primary target because of cloud cover, Steele led his group successfully on another prime target. He was awarded a second cluster for; Extraordinary achievement when he piloted a B-17 over Germany, 17 August 1943, for the deepest penetration of enemy territory that ended in another theatre. For courage, skill and determination, a D.F.C. was awarded to Capt. William G. Broach, Jr., for extraordinary achievement as he piloted a B-17 over Occupied Europe on the 4 October 1943. His ship was damaged, and went out of control momentarily but he returned to normal flight and to his position in the formation and led the flight on the target. Unable to keep up with the formation on the return because of damage, and subject to constant enemy attacks, he lost altitude and eluded attacking fighters to make a safe landing in England.

Associated Press Photo Shows:- Col. F.W. Castle, Group Commanding Officer, of 3711 McKinley Street, NW, Washington D.C., awards two clusters to the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Kenneth S. Steele (centre), 739 Mendecino Ave, Santa Rosa, California; and the D.F.C. to Capt. William G. Broach, Jr. (right), Greenwood Road, Glen Allen, Virginia. IRV 262949. 14-12-43-J.'

On reverse: Associated Press and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].

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Colonel F.W. Castle, Commanding Officer of the 94th Bomb Group awards honours to Major Kenneth S. Steele and Captain William G. Broach, Jr. Printed caption on reverse of print: 'A Ceremony at U.S. Bomber Station: Extraordinary achievement as leader of a B-17 group on a bombing mission over Germany, 25 July 1943, gained for Major Kenneth S. Steele, 739 Mendecino Av, Santa Rosa, California, a cluster to his D.F.C. When it was found impossible to bomb the primary target because of cloud cover, Steele led his group successfully on another prime target. He was awarded a second cluster for; Extraordinary achievement when he piloted a B-17 over Germany, 17 August 1943, for the deepest penetration of enemy territory that ended in another theatre. For courage, skill and determination, a D.F.C. was awarded to Capt. William G. Broach, Jr., for extraordinary achievement as he piloted a B-17 over Occupied Europe on the 4 October 1943. His ship was damaged, and went out of control momentarily but he returned to normal flight and to his position in the formation and led the flight on the target. Unable to keep up with the formation on the return because of damage, and subject to constant enemy attacks, he lost altitude and eluded attacking fighters to make a safe landing in England. Associated Press Photo Shows:- Col. F.W. Castle, Group Commanding Officer, of 3711 McKinley Street, NW, Washington D.C., awards two clusters to the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Kenneth S. Steele (centre), 739 Mendecino Ave, Santa Rosa, California; and the D.F.C. to Capt. William G. Broach, Jr. (right), Greenwood Road, Glen Allen, Virginia. IRV 262949. 14-12-43-J.' On reverse: Associated Press and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].

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Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

People

  • Frederick Castle

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer; Air Leader, Pilot
    Commanding Officer of 94th Bomb Group at Bury St. Edmunds from 19-Jun-43 to 16-Apr-44. Overseas with General Eaker's staff to organize 8th AF, February 1942. ...

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IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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