HI, I'll give you what I know. It may not be alot since my father never talked about his experiences. He enlisted in Nov., 1942 - date of separation April, 1945. Staff Sergeant - marksman w/ 45. Top turrett gunner/engineer.15th Air Force - 483rd Bombardment Group (H) - 817th Bombardment Squadron. Original Crew - Jack Kent - was chosen to crew with Karl Hattenhauer for the Memmigen Raid. One of the 12 aircraft to make the raid and return. He was chosen to crew w/ the Linn, Gorman & Self Crew to make the historic shuttle to Russia. He apparently flew some missions out of Russia?? According to records (?) most important members of the 81 7th Squadron were selected for this mission? He was stationed in N. Africa and then to Foggia Base in Italy (Naples). I know that he flew more missions than were required. (51 r 52) I remember him recieving (many years after the War) a Presidential Citation (certificate type). Don't know where that is! I have looked at usmedals and othe medals page and really get confused. There appears to be many that he would qualify for based on time spent overseas and those awarded to those who served during his tour of duty (42 - 45). Exampes: Silver Star, Victory in Eurpoe and a few others. There was also another governmental award - something like "The Lucky Bastard Award". Can't remember were I read that. I guess it referred to the Air Force. I also saw the commemorative medals. Are those government issue? Hope this will help!