Col. James Dieffenderfer

Title

Col. James Dieffenderfer

Subject

Person

Description

Colonel James Dieffenderfer, a pilot from Bluefield, West Virginia, flew an extended tour of service with the 64th Squadron in New Guinea and the Philippines. Colonel Dieffenderfer, a Captain while in the 43rd Bomb Group, piloted B-17 OLD BALDY (#41-24455) and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and Purple Heart during his tour of duty.

Birth/Death

1919-12-25

Birthplace

Bluefield, WV

Dates of Service

1941-12-23 1970-02-28

Squadron

63rd

Crew Position(s)

Pilot

Aircraft/Crew

OLD BALDY (41-24455)

Capt. James Dieffenderfer, Pilot
2nd Lt. Jack Campbell, Co-Pilot
2nd Lt. William Grosenburg, Navigator
2nd Lt. Fred Blair, Bombardier
T.Sgt. Bert Palewicz, Flight Engineer
T.Sgt. Rayborn Carroll, Radio Operator
S.Sgt. James Kersh, Ball Turrett Gunner
S.Sgt. Harold Kahn, Waist Gunner
S.Sgt. Kenneth Mowry, Tail Gunner

Highest Rank Achieved

Colonel

Citations/Decorations

Distinguished Flying Cross-Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Medal-Oak Leaf Cluster
Purple Heart
Group Citation
World War II Victory Medal
American Defense Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asian-Pacific Medal

Location of Service during World War II (major training and deployment bases and sites)

Primary Flying School
-Parks Air College, East St. Louis, IL

Basic Flying School
-Goodfellow Field, San Angelo, TX

Advanced Flying School
-Kelly Field, San Antonio, TX

Instrument Flying Training
-Bryan, TX

B-32 Instructors Training
-Ft. Worth, TX

B-29 Instructors Training
-Pueblo, CO

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