Byers, Bruce B.

Date of birth:
February 12th, 1921
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

Recorded Air victories:
1. Messerschmitt Me 109;
2. Twin Engined aircraft;
3. August 15th, 1944, Focke Wulf FW 190.
Besides these he destroyed three aircraft on the ground.

Known accidents/incidents:
October 14th, 1944: P-47D 42-25865, Reims-Champagne (A-62), France.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
1st Lieutenant
Unit:
Flight Commander, G Flight, 411th Fighter Squadron, 373rd Fighter Group, U.S. Army Air Corps
Action:
Citation:
"Awarded for aerial action in the Roer River campaign, Germany, 1945. Lt. Byers, "G" Flight Commander, 411th Fighter Squadron, with three P-47 Thunderbolts did attack and destroy armed ammunition train. Despite heavy anti-aircraft fire from train flak cars, the attack proceeded. Lt. Byers received a direct hit in the engine by 20mm shell. Unaware of damage, Lt. Byers exploded the train engine, immobilizing train, which was subsequently destroyed by members of his flight. After said action, Lt. Byers assembled stray elements of squadrons 410 and 412 in the number of nine aircraft and led them back to airfield near Venlo, Germany."
Details:
Due to battle damage, Lt. Byers' P-47 aircraft was declared unserviceable after inspection at air base.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

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