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Colonel Jimmy Stewart, formerly with the 453rd Bomb Group and now 2nd Combat Wing's Chief of Staff, receives the Croix de Guerre from French Lt. Gen. Martial Valin.
Official caption on back: "FRENCH HONOR COLONEL STEWART—Col. James M. Stewart of Indiana, Pa., former screen star, now stationed in England, receives the Croix de Guerre with palm for Lt. Gen. Martial Valin, chief of staff for the French A.F., during a colorful ceremony honoring numerous U.S. 8th AF men for the "exceptional services" for the liberation of France. Col. Stewart, chief of staff of U.S. 8th A.F.'s Second Combat Wing and veteran of numerous bombing missions also holds the D.F.C with a bronze oak leaf cluster and the Air Medal with two clusters."



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 2nd Combat Bomb Wing
  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • Headquarters (2nd Combat Bomb Wing)


  • James Stewart

    Military | Brigadier General | Aircraft Commander; Operations Officer; Chief of Staff
    Hollywood screen actor James Stewart interrupted his successful film career to join the Air Corps in 1941. Aware of publicity value for the war effort, the US authorities tried to stifle Stewart's desire to fly combat missions and assigned him to a...


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