Kenneth F Fine

Kenneth F Fine is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on a bombing mission against a high priority target in Nagoya, Japan, on 15 February 1945. Extremely hazardous weather was encountered which caused the practical disintegration of the formation, and these individuals were faced with the possibility of going into the heart of the most heavily defended portion of the Japanese Empire alone and unprotected. They continued on the briefed course to their assigned altitude where they managed to assemble with three other airplanes. Braving extremely accurate anti-aircraft fire and approximately thirty attacks by enemy fighters, this crew proceeded to the target and dropped its bombs with devastating results on a vital link in the enemy’s defense industry. Their efficiency, courage, and determination in successfully accomplishing this mission reflect great credit on themselves and the Army Air Forces.