Green, Herschel H., MAJ

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AAF 1056-Pilot Single-Engine Fighter
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1947-1964, US Air Force
Service Years
1941 - 1947



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Home Town
Hickory, Kentucky
Last Address
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Date of Passing
Aug 16, 2006
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In May 1943 near Italy, while sustaining heavy damage to his own airplane, Major Green shot down his first enemy aircraft. He then went on to destroy 17 additional aircraft and was one of the top Army Air Force fighter aces of World War II. He was the top ace for the Fifteenth Air Force as a fighter pilot in Europe and Africa from 1943 to 1944, flying the P-40, P-47, and P-51.

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Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major (Air Corps) Herschel H. Green (ASN: 0-659696), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 317th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group, FIFTEENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 30 January 1944, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, during World War II. On this date Major Green shot down a total of SIX enemy aircraft in a single day. Major Green's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 15th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 47 (1944)

Action Date: 30-Jan-44

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Major

Company: 317th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 325th Fighter Group

Division: 15th Air Force





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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, US Army Air Force/USAAF Training (Kelly Field, TX), A
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army Air Force (USAAF)USAAF 15th Army Air ForceUS Air Force
  1942-1943, AAF 1056, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF 1056, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
  1943-1943, AAF 1056, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
  1943-1943, AAF 1056, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
  1943-1944, AAF 1056, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
  1947-1964, US Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
 Colleges Attended 
Vanderbilt University
  1940-1941, Vanderbilt University
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