P/O 165 Squadron RAF
2nd Lt 4th FS 52nd FG
KIA Tunisia Feb 4, 1943
Also awarded by the RAF: 1939-1945 Star, Defense Medal & 1939-1945 War Medal.
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harold L. Pederson (0-885297), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a an Airplane in aerial combat against enemy forces on 4 February 1943, in the North African Theater of Operations. On this date, Second Lieutenant Pederson was killed while trying to protect a pilot who had parachuted from his damaged aircraft. Second Lieutenant Pederson's unquestionable valor in aerial combat, at the cost of his life, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 33 (1943)
Home Town: Benton County, Oregon
Units served with
Two of the Squadrons of the 52nd Fighter Group flew Spitfires with RAF Fighter Command in August and early September 1942 from Northern Ireland. After these preparatory missions, the Group joined the Twelfth and then Fifteenth Air Force in the...