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Andrew W. Essman

Military

Technical Sergeant Andrew W. Essman was the dedicated crew chief of Aircraft B-26B-55-MA 42-96191/9FN nicknamed “The Milk Run Special.”

Bronze Star Medal Citation:

"For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service. Technical Sergeant Andrew W. Essman, 32466964, 597th Bombardment Squadron, 397th Bombardment Group (M) AAF, is assigned to duty as crew chief on a B-26 type airplane. Between 20 April 1944 and 16 August 1944, the airplane flew fifty (50) consecutive combat missions without mechanical failure. By his energy, devotion to duty, and excellent leadership, Technical Sergeant Essman rendered services of great value to the war effort."

Bronze Star Medal
Distinguished Unit Citation (now Presidential Unit Citation)
Good Conduct Medal
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with six campaign stars
World War II Victory Medal

Service

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Missions

  • IX Bomber Command 168A

    6 June 1944
    9th Air Force Bomber Command was to attack 3 coastal batteries in the 21st Army Group area, one near Benerville and two in the vicinity of Ouistrham. 18 aircraft were to bomb each target at as near civil twilight as possible. ...

Associated Place

  • Gosfield

    Military site : airfield
    First used as an airfield during the First World War, when known as Royal Flying Corps/RAF Sible Hedingham, it was built as Gosfield for the Eighth Air Force and then Ninth Air Force in 1942-43. Home to first the 365th Fighter Group, then the 397th...

  • Rivenhall

    Military site : airfield
    Originally allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a heavy bomber base, Rivenhall was built during 1943-44 but transferred to the Ninth Air Force before construction was complete. It had three concrete runways, 51 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

  • Venlo

    Military site : airfield

  • Dreux

    Military site : airfield

  • Péronne

    Military site : airfield

  • Gorges

    Military site : airfield

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Date Contributor Update
26 January 2019 15:13:52 decwriter Changes to place associations
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23 January 2019 00:15:40 decwriter Changes to place associations
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Date Contributor Update
21 January 2019 14:14:04 decwriter Changes to biography
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Date Contributor Update
21 January 2019 13:42:14 decwriter Changes to media associations
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Date Contributor Update
21 January 2019 00:55:41 decwriter Changes to biography
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BSM citation for Essman.

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2019 21:31:30 decwriter Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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