Arthur E. Exon

ARTHUR E. EXON, Major, United States Army Air Corp, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a pilot of a P-40 aircraft. On 22 October 1943, while leading his squadron on a strafing attack against enemy communications and supply lines near Ancona, Italy, he sighted two supply trains. The intensity of his squadron’s concentrated fire resulted in an explosion which destroyed a railway station, a locomotive and more than fifty freight cars. Additional heavy damage created road blocks in the railroad yards and on an adjoining highway. As he pulled up from the target, he noted that one of the aircraft was missing from the formation, and after ordering all pilots away from the danger zone, returned alone to search for the lost P-40. Flying at low level over the wreckage, he displayed outstanding flying ability when another explosion nearly rocked his airplane out of control. He then reformed his squadron and in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, strafed a large motor convoy, destroying three reconnaissance cars, two staff cars and three trucks. On more than ninety combat missions during the Tunisian, Sicilian and Italian campaigns his aggressiveness and his resourceful leadership have reflected great credit upon himself and the Military Service of the United States. Arthur E. Exon retired as an Air Force B/Gen and is a member of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society.