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Official USAAF photo. Original caption : “Three of the many U.S. 8th Air Force fighter pilots who distinguished themselves in the great air battle over Germany on 2 November 1944 when 8th Fighters destroyed 130 enemy planes in the air and 25 on the ground, are shown with Lt. General Carl A. Spaatz, Commanding General of the U.S. Strategic Air Forces in Europe, after he presented Distinguished Service Crosses to them. Left to right: Lt. Col Robert P. Montgomery, Bethlehem, PA, who led eight North American P-51 Mustangs against 200 German fighters; Gen. Spaatz; Capt. Ray S. Wetmore, Kerman, Calif., whose six-plane section broke up a formation of thirty Germans; and capt. Donald S. Bryan, Paicines, Calif., who destroyed five enemy planes and damaged two others. England.”



  • Donald Bryan

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | P-47 - P-51 Fighter Pilot
    Lieutenant Colonel O-5 - U.S. Air Force ...

  • Robert Montgomery

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Group Commander
    Attacked by fighters on a bomber escort mission to Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany on 11 February 1944 in P-38J #42-68036. Pilot baled out and a/c crashed near Bry, 5 miles East of Valenciennes, France. Evaded (EVD). Escape & Evasion report E&E 746.

  • Carl Spaatz

    Military | General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force
    A few weeks after Pearl Harbor, in January 1942, General Spaatz was assigned as chief of the Army Air Force Combat Command at Washington and promoted to the temporary rank of major general. In May 1942, Spaatz was designated commander of the Eighth Air...

  • Raymond Wetmore

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Ray Wetmore enlisted aged 18 in 1941, he was commissioned in March 1943 and joined the 359th Fighter Group. He became top Ace of the 359th Fighter Group, scoring 21 victories, his final kill was an ME 163 jet. During the Battle of the Bulge, December...


Date Contributor Update
05 June 2016 22:47:33 WD-C Mustang Changes to person associations

Associated persons using the caption

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2016 02:47:11 bvandyke Changes to caption

"Derman, CA" was corrected to "Kerman, CA" by Ray's grandson, Blue Van Dyke.

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2016 14:12:53 ED-BB Created entry with caption and person associations

Added USAAF awards photo