Phillip D. Himmel
386 Bomb Group, 553 Bomb Squadron
Lt. Phillip D. Himmel Receives
Distinguished Flying Cross
A US 9th Air Force A-20 Bomber Base in ETO - Award of the Distinguished
Flying Cross to Lt. Phillip D. Himmel from Salem Oregon has been announced
by headquarters by the 9th Air Force ETO USA. Lt. Phillip D. Himmel
is bombardier-navigator in a 9th Air Force A-20 Havoc light bombardment
group commanded by Preston P. Pender of Hendersonville, North Carolina.
|Called at 0545. Briefed at 0700 for another ski sight just North of Abbeville France. Went in at 9000 feet today. Some flak at Ault (France) on the Coast. Carried 6-500 lbs. Overcast over target area. Had to bring them back.|
|Briefed at 0700 for ski sight in France. Got all most to France Coast and our flight leader left the formation to go back and L.C. followed him. By the time we told L.C. what he was doing it was to late to catch the formation so we lost a mission and came on home.|
|Called at 0500. Briefed for ski sight in France. Waited until 1100 and it was scrubbed.|
|Briefed for ski sight in France. Made the wrong rendezvous and missed the 322nd. Circled south end (of England, did not cross Channel) for 45 minutes and came home. Opened my packages tonight sure had a swell time. Love my honey.|
|Briefed at 1500 for NoBall 3 miles from St Omer France. It looked rough. We were Deputy Lead again so I had a bomb sight Lee as navigator. We carried 6-500 lbs and 2-600 lbs. We missed the Noball so went on to our secondary target. Coastal guns at Gravelines we hit them OK. One ship came in on single engine. We got quite a bit of flak not concentrated. 40 Missions today, 6th cluster|
These Ninth Air Force Marauder medium bomber crewmen at a base in England are proud of their record of having been on more than 30 missions. From left - Sgt. E. H. Willging, Peshastin, Washington; Sgt. Paul M. Thornton, Spokane, Washington; Sgt. Roger Lovelace, Portland, Oregon; Sgt. Charles M. Brill, Rudyard, Montana; Lieutenant Phillip D. Himmel, Salem Oregon (bombs painted on jacket) and 2nd Lieutenant Hale B. Bennett, Goldendale, Washington.