2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 8, 2021 1:30 PM by Jason Atkinson

    WWII era Distinguished Flying Cross Certificate

    Bruce Kitchen Newbie

      Any ideas where I might be able to locate a WWII era Distinguished Flying Cross Certificate? The medal was awarded to Lt Otis Powers Albright, Jr  who was a B24 pilot in the China, Burma, India theatre in WWII.  I've tried through Personnel Records Center in St Louis (no luck - may have been destroyed in the 1973 fire).

       

      Any suggestions would be appreciated.

       

      Thanks,

      Bruce Kitchen

        • Re: WWII era Distinguished Flying Cross Certificate
          Elliot Schneider Ranger

          Bruce,

           

          Here is some information below on the DFC. You might be able to track down the actual General Order for this. For requesting reproduction of a DFC you may have to go through the Awards and decorations branch. I would tell them that your father lost his original copy and are requesting a new certificate to be issued, also provide them with a copy of the order#.

           

           

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          • Re: WWII era Distinguished Flying Cross Certificate
            Jason Atkinson Ranger

            Dear Mr. Kitchen,

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            Typically if there is a certificate presented to an individual awardee in addition to the medal or ribbon itself, that certificate is either not retained in the records or is filed with the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). The OMPF should also have copies of the order authorizing the award and should list the award on his separation documents. However, as you have already discovered, the majority of the Army and Army Air Force OMPFs from the World War II time period were destroyed in the 1973 fire

             

            What is available are the Award Cards, 1942 - 1963 in the Records of the National Archives and Records Administration (Record Group 64). This series includes the digitized file Air Force Award Cards [Distinguished Flying Cross]: Aaberg, Clarence - Alfred, Winfred. Image 908 is the Award Card for 2nd Lt. Otip P. Albright. The card cites General Orders No. 125, Hq. Fourteenth Air Force, September 9, 1945.

             

            The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) has custody of microfilm copies of operational records relating to U.S. Army Air Force units. We searched the Air Force History Index to the microfilm and located IRISREF A8315: 14 AIR FORCE GENERAL ORDERS 76 THROUGH 169 (INCOMPLETE) 06-23-1945 THRU 12-04-1956 that may contain a copy of the relevant general order. Please contact RDT2 via email at archives2reference@nara.gov for more information about these records.

             

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            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!