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Vincent Lumetta



Vincent Lumetta

Sgt. Vincent J Lumetta was assigned to the 301st BG 32nd Squadron. He was from Saint Louis MO

The following information on Vincent Lumetta is gathered and extracted from military records. We have many documents and copies of documents, including military award documents. It is from these documents that we have found this information on Sgt. Lumetta. These serviceman's records are nowhere near complete and we are always looking for more material. If you can help add to Vincent Lumetta's military record please contact us.

  Rank General Order Date Notes Award Ribbon & Device

Vincent Lumetta

Sgt

124

03/12/1944

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SS

Silver Star

Vincent Lumetta

Sgt

206

04/12/1944

 

AM/1OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Vincent Lumetta

Sgt

206

04/12/1944

 

AM

Air Medal (AM)

Citation: General Order: 124, 03/12/1944

Under the provisions of AB 600-45, as amended, and pursuant to auth┬Čority contained in cable No. 9782, Headquarters NATOUSA, 5 December 1943, the Silver Star is awarded the following named personnel, United States Army, residence as indicated, with the following citation:

For gallantry in action on 25 February 1944, while on a highly stra┬Čtegic bombing mission against the important enemy aircraft factory at Regensburg, Germany. Over an hour and a half before the target, this gallant crew of a B-17 type aircraft was attacked by thirty (30) to forty (40) enemy fighters, the first of over two-hundred (200) fighters which attacked their formation. An hour before the target, their plane was riddled by enemy cannon fire which shot out one (1) engine, severely damaged oxygen and communications systems, control mechanisms, and shattered the ball turret, miraculously without injury to the gunner who immediately took over a waist gun. By exertion of extraordinary flying skill, the pilots retained control and kept the plane toward the target despite intensified attacks by enemy fighters, during with another engine and the tail turret was damaged, a fire started in the ammunition which was extinguished by the tail gunner who manned his remaining gun until later severely wounded. After the plane had been brought through an intense accurate anti-aircraft fire over the target and the bombs successfully dropped, the concentrated and persistent fighter attacks began again and in a running gun battle lasting over an hour after the target, the waist gunner was killed, tail turret gunner and radio operator-gunner badly wounded and the plane further critically damaged by gunfire and aerial bombs. In spite of being wounded, without oxygen, and constantly opposed during this high altitude mission for over four (4) hours, the crew accounted for thirteen (13) enemy fighters destroyed, and many others probably destroyed, no gunner destroying less than two (2) planes and one (1) gunner destroying six (6). The stricken bomber was nursed with the highest proficiency and courage safely over the front lines and a crash landing made without further injury to the heroic crew. By their outstanding gallantry, unselfish heroism, devotion to duty and extraordinary courage, each and every man of this brave crew has reflected great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of The United States of America.

25-Feb-44 PUC 12-Mar-44 15th AAF General Order # 124 Silver Star

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