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  1. According to information contained in the following forum link, the gold-bordered blue patch behind Thury's wings denotes he completed the RAF's Fighter Leader School: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/259458-interesting-wing-background/?hl=%2Blead+%2Bcrew+%2Bblue&do=findComment&comment=2081536 Shade Ruff
  2. A nice example of the lead patch as worn by Maj Joseph L. Thury, 505th Fighter Squadron, 339th Fighter Group. A P-51 pilot, he was credited with 28.5 air-to-ground kills and 2.5 air-to-air kills. Photo dated 20 SEP 44. Shade Ruff
  3. T/Sgt Curtis R. Holland, Radio Operator, 571st Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 390th Bombardment Group (Heavy). Photo dated 25 FEB 44. Shade Ruff
  4. T/Sgt Thomas T. Urmson, Top Turret Gunner/Engineer, 613th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 401st Bombardment Group (Heavy). Photo dated 2 JUL 44. Shade Ruff
  5. S/Sgt Lee G. Sherman, Radio Operator, 613th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 401st Bombardment Group (Heavy). Photo dated 21 AUG 44. Note embroidered wings on blue felt background. Shade Ruff
  6. T/Sgt Nicholas W. Schoenberger, Radio Operator, 613th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 401st Bombardment Group (Heavy). Photo dated 2 JUL 44. Shade Ruff
  7. Sgt Thomas H. Holland, Right Waist Gunner, 613th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 401st Bombardment Group (Heavy).. Photo dated 16 MAY 44. Shade Ruff
  8. S/Sgt Maurice M. Friedman, Left Waist Gunner, 614th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 401st Bombardment Group (Heavy).. Photo dated 21 AUG 44. Shade Ruff
  9. Staff Sergeant Atkin is also a Silver Star recipient. Shade Ruff
  10. I forgot to add that the plane depicted is actually "Shade Ruff #2" (as clearly seen in the image with the different names/nicknames). The original "Shade Ruff" was lost on an earlier mission (March 1944 if I remember correctly) while being flown by another 614th BS(H) crew. Regards, Shade Ruff
  11. The original Shade Ruff crew piloted by 1st Lt. R. O. Stine was lost on the April 11th, 1944 mission to Stettin. That day the Stine crew was flying another 614th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) B-17 - the "Gloria J." My uncle was Shade Ruff's original bombardier. Only he and the tail gunner survived the Gloria J.'s mid-air explosion (flak hit) over Hannover. Note "Betty Baby" on the chin turret. That was my late aunt's name. Regards, Shade Ruff
  12. Just came across these posts. I'm able to add a bit more detail to Captain Nochnoy's service record. As Dave noted, he commanded a battalion in the 211th Artillery Pinskiy, Order of Bogdan Khmelnitskiy, Order of Aleksandr Nevskiy Regiment. In addition to his OPWII and OPWI awards, he was also awarded an Order of Aleksandr Nevskiy (downgraded from an Order of the Red Banner recommendation) via order No. 23/N, Commander 61st Army Artillery, dated June 12th, 1945. His Order of the Patriotic War First Class also resulted from a downgraded Order of the Red Banner recommendation. His OAN aw
  13. Over the years, the U.S. military award certificates to Red Army personnel I've been made aware of were those for the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit. The most commonly seen examples are those for the Legion of Merit - many of which often included their accompanying citation printed on White House letterhead stationery with President Truman's signature. Silver Star certificates are much less common with DSC certificates exceedingly rare. I have neither personally seen nor have knowledge of documented certificates to Red Army personnel for th
  14. Using two of Bill's Red Army Silver Star recipients, I'm able to shed additional light on the process. Guards Senior Lieutenant (later Captain) A. G. Stepanenko commanded the 1st Rifle Battalion, 227th Guards Rifle Regiment, 79th Guards Rifle Zaporozhskiy Red Banner Division. His Soviet awards were two Orders of the Red Banner (ORB). The award recommendation for his first ORB served as the core of his Silver Star citation. Sergeant (later Senior Sergeant) I. A. Komogortsev was a sniper assigned to 1st Rifle Company, 1st (later 2nd) Rifle Battalion, 895th Rifle Regiment, 193rd Ri
  15. firefighter, Unless Captain Arens also holds a commission as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve (and I've seen nothing to suggest he does), he does not qualify for this badge. Shade Ruff
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