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Original U.S. WWII 8th Army Air Force, 91st Bomb Group, 322nd Bomb Squadron Engraved Distinguished Flying Cross Grouping For T/Sgt Nelson Hillock, Radioman on the B-17 “Texas Chubby The J’Ville Jolter” - 8 Items

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Original Items: Only One Grouping Available. This is a fantastic grouping for the Radioman aboard the B-17 named “Texas Chubby”, T/Sgt Nelson A. Hillock. Nelson was born in Brooklyn, NY. He joined the 29th Division of the United States Army, then later transferred
to the Army Air Corps, serving from February 18, 1942 - September 15, 1945. Nelson completed 27 combat missions while in the 91st Bomb Group. He flew in the B-17 “Texas Chubby J'ville Jolter”. Nelson was a Technical Sergeant serving as a radio operator/gunner. During his time in the service he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 clusters, ETO Ribbon w/star, Distinguished Unit Citation w/Cluster and WWII Victory Medal.

The items in this grouping include:
- Name Engraved Distinguished Flying Cross With Award Card: The medal is engraved as:


We have not been able to locate a citation for the award, making for a wonderful research opportunity. The Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) is a military decoration of the United States Armed Forces. The medal was established on July 2, 1926, and is currently awarded to any persons who, after April 6, 1917, distinguish themselves by single acts of heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. Both heroism and extraordinary achievement are entirely distinctive, involving operations that are not routine.

The award card accompanying the medal is from the War Department and “signed” by former Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson. The card does have a few tears in it.

- Air Medal With 3 Oak Leaf Clusters: The Air Medal (AM) is a military decoration of the United States Armed Forces. It was created in 1942 and is awarded for single acts of heroism or meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. The medal is not engraved.

- x3 Patch Insignia: The insignia includes a lovely uniform removed felt 8th Air Force patch that appears to be British made. The other insignia is an Army Air Force roundel and Radio Operator sleeve specialty patch.

- Sterling Marked Air Crew Wings: The first version of the Aircrew Badge was issued by the Army Air Forces during the Second World War. The badge was similar in design to the Aviator Badge, however, and displayed an emblem denoting enlisted status on its circular shield, or escutcheon, centered between two wings. The emblem featured the arms of the United States of America, in clear relief generally against a horizontally lined background, on a disk with a raised rim.

Anyone trained in flight operations was authorized to wear this badge, including pilots, bombardiers, navigators, flight engineers, radio men and gunners.

All items are in wonderful condition with multiple copies of crew photos featuring Hillock as well as excerpts of his service.

Comes more than ready for further research and display.

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