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West Point tail coat of WWII Army Air Corps KIA- M O H recipient - Brig. Gen. Frederick W. Castle

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A bit apart from our usual period but worthy of a place on any military site, we are pleased to offer this outstanding relic of the WWII Army Air Corps. Brigadier General, United States Army Air Forces, Frederick Walker Castle (U. S. Military Academy class of 1930) was posthumous recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions in aerial combat while leading a bombing mission over Belgium, December 24, 1944. Castle was co-pilot aboard the lead aircraft of the 487th Bomb Group’s 30th combat mission when aircraft was attacked by a German ME- 109 fighter. Castle's bomber fell away from the formation almost immediately as the B-17 struggled with control and moved some distance away from the protection of the bomber force, where it was again attacked. A third attack set both engines on the right wing on fire. As Castle ordered the bomber abandoned it spun into a dive. As control was recovered seven of the nine crewmen parachuted. The pilot was observed in the nose of the airplane hooking on his parachute, with Castle still at the controls, when the fuel tank in the burning right wing exploded, and the B-17 went into a spin from which it did not recover, crashing near Hods, Belgium. Of the nine crewmen, five survived the crash. In addition to the CMOH Castle was the recipient of the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Croix deGuerre, Legion of Honor Order of Kutuzov.
We will rely on our photo illustrations to describe this historic tail coat except to reassure the viewer that the garment remains in pleasing condition with good evidence of age and originality. An exceptional acquisition for the WWII vintage Army Air Corps enthusiast. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :


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