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Louis Joseph Sebille


Sebille joined the US military on the 21st December 1941 after Pearl Harbor in the patriotic rush. He joined the USAAF and began flight training in January 1942. He was commissioned in July of the same year and was assigned to the 450th Bomb Squadron.
The 450th Bomb Squadron was assigned to Britain in 1943 where Sebille flew B-26 Marauder Bombers from 1943-1945. He was promoted to First Lieutenant when the Squadron was assigned to Britain. He is also listed as one of the pilots who flew the first low level attack attempted by B-26s over Europe. In 1943 he was promoted to Captain and he flew many more sorties as Squadron, Group and Wing leader. During the war he was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses and twelve Air Medals.
After the war he resigned his commission and became a commercial jet pilot. He flew jets for about a year until he was given an offer to rejoin the USAAF as a Lieutenant.
He was shot while flying a Mustang against an armored convoy attacking UN troops in Korea in August 1950. Though not fatally wounded his aircraft was damaged. He purposefully crashed his plane into the convoy stopping them from advancing, however this cost him his life. For this action he was awarded the Medal of Honor making him the first person in the new American Air Force to receive it.
During World War Two he flew 68 combat missions and is credited with 3000 flying hours, 245 of which were combat hours. He is also credited as being one of the few pilots who survived the war who took part in the first of the B-26 missions from Britain.



  • Charles Lane

    Military | Lieutenant | Battalion? | 322nd Bomb Group

  • Mark McNully

    Military | Captain | 322nd Bomb Group

  • Azad Sarkisian

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 322nd Bomb Group
    Aboard B-26 41-31803 developed structural problems. 15-Aug-43. Returned to Duty (RTD).

  • Ben Tillandon

    Military | Lieutenant | Battalion? | 322nd Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 450th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-31819 'Mild and Bitter'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 452BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. First B-26 in the European Theater of Operations to complete 100 operational missions. This was accomplished on an afternoon raid on a Nazi airfield at Evreux/Fauville, southwest of Rouen, France, 9-May-44. She had...


  • VIII Bomber Command 56

    14 May 1943
    Today's operations will be the most extensive yet mounted by VIII Bomber Command. The operations call for a "maximum effort". Whereas in the past a single target or those close together have been chosen, today's effort is against widley separated...

Associated Place

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...


Event Location Date
Born Harbor Beach, MI 48441, USA 21 November 1915
Enlisted 21 December 1941
Resigned Commision September 1945 – July 1946

Temporarily resigned his commission to fly commercial jets.

Enlisted July 1946

Rejoined USAAF as a Lieutenant

Buried Forest Home Cemetery, 863 Desplaines Avenue, Forest Park, IL 60130, USA August 1950

Buried the same month he died. Exact date not available.

Died Gwangsam-Ri 5 August 1950

Crashed while attacking a ground convoy in Korea. Died aged 34.


Date Contributor Update
01 September 2021 16:34:08 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Corrected a typo in the "Summary biography" - “Sebille” was misspelled.

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16 July 2015 12:01:00 jrugman Changes to middlename, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

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15 July 2015 14:48:08 jrugman Changes to biography, events and unit associations

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Corrected 'enlisted' to 'died'

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14 July 2015 16:13:36 jrugman Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography and events

USAAF records
Page 62, The Mighty Eighth in Color, Roger Freeman