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Catherine C. Moore, WAAC, WAC, Eighth Air Force, England

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Catherine Cratty Moore was born in West Bend, Palo Alto, Iowa on October 1, 1918. She attended four years of High School and was employed as a bookkeeper before enlisting in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in Chicago, Illinois on March 30, 1943. The WAAC went out of existence on August 31, 1943. It was succeeded immediately by the Women's Army Corps (WAC) which Congress made part of the United States Army for the duration of the war plus six months. Unlike their counterparts in the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps, WACs could be stationed anywhere, including behind the lines on the battlefield. She served at United States Army Air Corps Base Kimbolton which was part of the 8th Air Force. The 379th Bomb Group began operations with Eighth Air Force at Kimbolton in May of 1943, and received a Distinguished Unit Citation for operations over Europe from May 1943 through July 1944. The group engaged primarily in bombardment of strategic targets in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Poland. The Group received another DUC for flying without fighter protection into central Germany to attack vital aircraft factories on 11 January 1944. The Group operated in support of ground forces before the Normandy invasion in June 1944, bombed defended positions just ahead of the Allied landings on 6 June and struck airfields, rail choke points, and gun emplacements during the campaign that followed. During the Battle of France, the Group bombed enemy positions to assist ground troops at St Lo during the breakthrough, 24–25 July 1944, attacked German communications and fortifications during the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944 - January 1945, and bombed bridges and viaducts in France and Germany to aid the Allied assault across the Rhine from February to March 1945. Moore received the Women's Army Corps Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Medal with one silver and one bronze star and the WW II Victory Medal. She served in the following campaigns, Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe and Air Offensive Europe. Moore also received Glider flight pay. Catherine Cratty Moore died in Vernon, Connecticut on June 23, 2012.









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Very NICE group, Dick. Thanks for posting. Bob

"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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