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563rd Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion

Battalion

Campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsaces, and Central Europe; Distinguished Unit Citation: 3-8 August 1944 (Company "A" only); Meritorious Unit Commendation: 13 January - 25 March 1945; Occupation Service: 20 May - 5 July 1945 (Germany)

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Stations

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Based Lashenden

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People

  • Albert Wiest

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Repairman
    MOS: 953 - Radio Repairman, Reporting Equipment. Assigned to the 57th Signal Aircraft Warning Detachment (Close Control), Company "B", 563rd Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion.

Citations

Meritorious Unit Commendation:

“For outstanding performance and devotion to duty during the period 13 January 1945 to 28 March 1945. This organization, because of its superior knowledge and performance of tactical operations, superb training, technical skill, spirit of cooperation, aggressiveness, and resourcefulness accomplished outstanding achievement relative to Aircraft Warning Service to the XIX Tactical Air Command throughout the continental campaign. The superb efficiency and relentless efforts of all members of this command contributed materially in making possible the brilliant and successful onslaughts by aircraft of the command against the enemy during the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe campaigns. The accomplishment of this mission was extremely difficult and hazardous during the latter stages of the campaigns because of the rapid advance which necessitated constant leapfrogging of equipment and personnel. That the Battalion was able at all times to furnish early aircraft warning to fighters and the fighter bombers, as well as invaluable information on enemy ground targets, reflects highly upon the 563rd Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion and is worthy of the highest traditions of the Military service.”

General Orders #59, Headquarters, XIX Tactical Air Command, 3 July 1945

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Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 22:22:26 jmchristel Changes to description
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04 November 2014 06:25:48 jmchristel Changes to description
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U.S. Army Unit Citation and Campaign Participation Credit Register (1961)

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 03:49:51 jmchristel Changes to unit encompassing associations
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History of the 563rd Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 03:49:14 jmchristel Changes to unit encompassing associations
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History of the 563rd Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion

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02 November 2014 18:09:42 jmchristel Changes to citations
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History of the 563rd Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion

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02 November 2014 18:06:17 jmchristel Changes to media associations
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History of the 563rd Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion

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02 November 2014 17:57:46 jmchristel Changes to type
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Battalion History of the 563rd Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion

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01 November 2014 15:14:18 jmchristel Changes to unit encompassing associations
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Grandfather's papers and photographs

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27 September 2014 18:42:54 AAM AAM ingest
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Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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