Richard R. Ayesh

Second Lieutenant Richard R. Ayesh distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight as a Bombardier on a B-17 aircraft over Merseberg, Germany, on 30 November 1944. On that date, as a bombardier, while participating in a difficult mission, his B-17 aircraft received heavy damage while flying into enemy territory. Despite the hazardous conditions he encountered, Lieutenant Ayesh displayed courage and skill without regard for his personal safety as he straddled the bomb bay drive shaft, using only a screwdriver in subzero temperatures and succeeded in closing the cargo doors. His heroic actions saved the lives of his fellow crew members and his aircraft. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Ayesh reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.