Robert D. Cutting was my father I am Robert D. Cutting, II. His first combat mission was on September 2, 1943, in his flight log he stated this was "the roughest". 6 members of the 96th FS were lost on that day and is considered one of the greatest missions in the Units history. The 38's of the 82nd FG did not let one B-25 fall to the Axis fighters that day in one one the longest constant attacks by enemy fighters. His Air Medal was awarded for bringing a lost B-25 home over the sea. His DFC was awarded for organizing a group of 38's to fend off Axis fighters from attacking straggling bombers on their way back from Sophia. He was credited with one kill and one probable. He loved the P-38 and said there was not a better fighter in WWII!
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The 82nd Fighter Group flew training missions from bases in Northern Ireland with the Eighth Air Force between October and December 1942. They then joined the Twelfth Air Force in North Africa, supporting the ground invasion of Tunisia, Sicily and...
The squadron was first activated in early 1942 at Harding Field, Louisiana as the 96th Pursuit Squadron, one of the original three squadrons of the 82d Pursuit Group. It soon moved to California where it equipped with Lockheed P-38 Lightnings and...
||New York, NY, USA
||7 October 1919
||Santa Monica Bay, Los Angeles, CA, USA
||25 April 1955
||Glendale, CA, USA
||30 April 1955
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Los Angeles County
Plot: Harmony, Lot 2829, Space 1