1944 – Ray City Boy Awarded Important Air Medal



James A. Swindle

Ray City Boy Awarded Important Air Medal

Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross for Outstanding Achievement

A Medium Bomber Station, Eng. — The Distinguished Flying Cross recently was awarded at this Marauder Station to First Lieutenant James Aaron Swindle, 24, of Ray City Ga.,  for “outstanding Achievement while serving as pilot of a B-26 Marauder in hazardous bombing missions over enemy-occupied continental Europe.”

Lt. Swindle has piloted a Marauder in 40 attacks against Nazi installations in enemy-occupied Holland, Belgium and France thus far. In addition to the D.F.C. he also wears the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.

He rates as his most interesting mission a recent attack against the Luftwaffe base at Amsterdam Schipol, in Holland, when flak fragments hit the windshield of his aircraft and spattered glass all over his lap. ” It was the most concentrated flak that I have ever seen,” he said upon return from the mission.

Lt. Swindle graduated from Ray City high school in 1936 and was employed by the U.S. Engineers at Florence, S.C. before he enlisted in the service on Jan 2. 1942. He graduated from advanced flight training September 6, 1942, at the Columbus Miss., Army Flying School and left for overseas service early in 1943.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Swindle of Ray City.

EDITORS NOTE: Lt. Swindle’s father stated this week that his flying son had completed 44 missions over enemy territory as of March 4. He will return to the States, it is understood, when he reaches the 50-mark.

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