Enlisted Army Air Corps August 1942; commissioned a Second Lt. and Navigator March 18, 1944; arrived England May 1944.
His B-17 shot down and Ross killed in action (KIA) while on his 30th mission 2 January 1945 in AC #43-38921.
Air Medal awarded July 30, 1944: "For meritorious achievement while participating in heavy bombardment missions in the air offensive against the enemy over Continental Europe".
Subsequently awarded 4 Oak Leaf Clusters with the Air Medal.
Distinguished Flying Cross (awarded posthumously): "For extraordinary achievement while serving as lead navigator of wing and squadrons formations on heavy bombardment missions against the enemy. Lieutenant Cullen guided his formations directly to the assigned targets in devastating attacks against Deelan, Holland, 17 September 1944; Berlin Germany, 6 October 1944 and Luneback, Germany, 29 December 1944 despite adverse weather conditions and anti-aircraft fire on each mission. The initiative, determination and skill displayed by Lieutenant Cullen on these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States".
Purple Heart (awarded posthumously): "For his supreme sacrifice in the European Area on 2 January 1945".
Units served with
The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Lincoln 11/10/44; Grenier 22/10/44; Assigned as SH ship 729BS/452BG [M3- ] Deopham Green 24/10/44; Missing in Action Bad Krueznach, Ger 2/1/45 with Capt Ralph Jones, Co-pilot: Ed Hood, Navigator: Ross Cullen, Bombardier: Ray Childers, Flight...
Military site : airfield
Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...
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