Arthur N. Aronsen

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant Arthur N. Aronsen for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight 29 June 1945. These individuals were combat crew members of a B-29 aircraft on weather reconnaissance mission from their base in the Marianas Islands to the Okinawa and Kyushu …unable to read citation … They overcame hazardous weather conditions over vast expanses of unfriendly waters to reach their final destination. After climbing through a tropical cyclone at Okinawa, it became necessary to feather the number four engine. Undeterred, they proceeded to the final destination, and turned into its return heading. Leaving the coast line of eastern Kyushu, the number one engine blew a forward exhaust stack and had to be feathered. In spite of the loss of two engines, this crew succeeded in returning safely to Iwo Jima. Without regard to personal safety, these veterans of repeated combat missions, displayed such courage and skill as to reflect great credit upon themselves and the United States Air Force.