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Oscar J Rau


318th FS 4 kills



  • Frank Gaunt

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot-1056 Twin Engine | 325th Fighter Group
    Flight leader 318th FS 325th FG MTO P-51D 23 missions Flight leader 44th FS 18th FG SWP P-40/P-38 8 air kills 143 missions

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  • 325th Fighter Group

    325th Fighter Group

    The 325th was first activated as the 325th Fighter Group at Mitchel Field, New York in August 1942 with the 317th,[7] 318th,[8] and 319th Fighter Squadrons[9] assigned. It trained at Hillsgrove Army Air Field with Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft[10]...

  • 318th Fighter Squadron

    318th Fighter Squadron

    It was established in mid-1942 as a fighter squadron, and trained under I Fighter Command primarily in the northeast with Curtiss P-40 Warhawks. It was deployed to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in Algeria, and took part in the North...

  • 15th Air Force


Associated Place


Event Location Date
Combat Mission - Awarded DSC Lake Balaton, Hungary 5 November 1944

In a 5 November 1944 mission, after an escorting B-17s to the Venna Florisdorf oil refineries on 5 November 1944, eight ME-109s engaged a flight of Checkertail P-51s in the skies around the southern edge of Lake Balaton. Green Dragon pilot Capt Oscar "Ockie" J Rau received a kill on his first match-up with a ME-109, but his day had only just begun. After his first engagement, Rau noticed that his flight leader was in battle with three ME-109s, as he arrived on scene, he engaged and downed one of enemy airplanes. He then went after the second of the three aggressors and won the battle getting him kill number three. A moment later, Capt Rau's wingman was in trouble, the Captain moved to keep the bandit of his partner's tail, and downed number four. During the fight Lt. Bob Newell and Maj Norman L. McDonald (an Ace that would later become the 318th Commander) each received one kill apiece.

For his for extraordinary heroism and unquestionable valor in aerial combat, Lt Oscar J Rau was The Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest award that can be awarded to a member of the United States Army, for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force.


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