Lt John Richardson Cordeiro e Silva
He was born on September 29, 1922, in Rio de Janeiro city, Brazil.
Declared official aviator in 1943.
He completed his training in Panama, in Suffolk, USA, in preparation for the war in Europe.
He was combat pilot of the blue squadron in Italy.
He was shot down on November 6, 1944, when he attacked an artillery position on the outskirts of Bologna, integrated a squadron of four planes of the 345th North American Fighter Squadron.
The Brazil lost its first pilot in war operations...
Cross of Bravery - Medal intended for war missions, created by Decree-Law No. 7,454, of April 10, 1945, amended by Decree-Law No. 8,901, of January 24, 1946, and regulated by Decree No. 20,497 of 24 of January of 1946. This medal is destined to military of the active one and the reserve of the Aeronautics that have distinguished by an exceptional act of bravery. To this day, the "Cross of Bravery" was awarded to five Brazilian Airmen-Officers who died in the Italian Campaign, attacking military objectives: Captains-Aviators Luiz Lopes Dorneles, Aurélio Vieira Sampaio and João Mauricio Campos de Medeiros, First Lieutenant-Aviator John Richardson Cordeiro e Silva and Second Lieutenant-Aviator (RC) Frederico Gustavo dos Santos.
Cross of Blood - Medal for warfare missions, created by Decree-Law No. 7,454, of April 10, 1945, amended by Decree-Law No. 8,901, of January 24, 1946, and regulated by Decree No. 20,497 of 24 January 1946. Brazilian Air Force soldiers or Brazilian civilians serving in the FAB and who efficiently performed the war missions and were injured in action against the enemy are graced with the "Blood Cross." This medal was awarded to 13 Brazilian Airmen-Officers, among those who participated in the Italian Campaign.
Aviation Cross - "Ribbon Type A" - Among the Officers who carried out war missions in Italy as pilots, the "Cross of Aviation" with a palm was awarded to an Officer-Aviator; the one of three stars, the 13 Officers-Aviators; the one of two stars, to seven Officers-Aviators; the one of a star, the 21 Officers; and the simple, to 16 Flight Officers, according to the number of war missions carried out.
Note: The difference between "Ribbon A" or "Ribbon B", is according to the mission performed: in Italy (type A) or in the Brazilian coast patrol (type
South Atlantic Campaign Medal - Brazilian Air Force Medal awarded to military personnel and civilians who have provided good service to the Force in its actions in the South Atlantic, in the preparation and performance of missions executed from 1942 to 1945. It was created by Law No. 497/48 and regulated by Decree No. 26.550 / 49 to award "those who cooperated in the surveillance of the coast, in the air transport of personnel and equipment necessary for the success of the campaign, in the services related to flight safety and the efficiency of aircraft operations commercial and military. "
Air Medal - Posthumous (USA).
Presidential Unit Citation (USA).