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Ross Agnew Cullen

Military

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".

Service

Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    Group
    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...

  • 729th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38921

    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...

Missions

  • 776

    2 January 1945

Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Winamac, Indiana, USA 17 June 1921
Died Trier, Germany 2 January 1945
Buried Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2020 15:08:44 William Lange Changes to biography and events
Sources

William R. Lange, husband of Connie Cullen Lange, niece of Ross Cullen

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2020 15:06:39 William Lange Changes to biography
Sources

William R. Lange, husband of Connie Cullen Lange, Ross Cullen's niece.

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2020 22:51:17 William Lange Changes to awards
Sources

William R. Lange, husband of Connie Cullen Lange, niece of Ross A. Cullen

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2020 22:47:29 William Lange Changes to media associations
Sources

William R. Lange, husband of Connie Cullen Lange, niece of Ross A. Cullen

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2020 22:13:11 William Lange Changes to media associations
Sources

William R. Lange, husband of Connie Cullen Lange, niece of Ross A. Cullen

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2020 22:09:12 William Lange Changes to events
Sources

William R. Lange, husband of Connie Cullen Lange, niece of Ross Cullen

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2020 22:05:15 William Lange Changes to events
Sources

William R. Lange, husband of Connie Cullen Lange, Ross Cullen's niece.

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2020 21:56:14 William Lange Changes to middlename, biography and events
Sources

William R. Lange, husband of Connie Cullen Lange, Ross Cullen's niece.

Date Contributor Update
23 September 2018 01:41:46 CallyBoatwright452ndBGA Changes to highest rank, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Cally Boatwright 452nd BGA

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC, MACR 11225 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11225 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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