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Moberly, James - Capt

Silver Star to James Moberly for Heroic Action on Bomber

Added to his many medals for achievements as a navigator with the Eighth Air Force operating over Europe is the Silver Star recently awarded to Capt. James E. (Big Jim) Moberly, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Moberly, 1314 Henry street.

By direction of the President the Silver Star is awarded to Capt. Moberly, then First Lt. Moberly, for "gallantry in action as navigator on a B-17 airplane, 364th Bombardment Squadron (heavy), on May 19, 1943." The citation reads:

"While leading the wing on a bombing mission to Germany subjected to heavy enemy fighter attacks and intense and accurate enemy anti-aircraft fire causing severe damage to the plane. First Lt. Moberly distinguished himself by his initiative, great courage and unusual skill.

Disregards Own Safety

"Completely disregarding his personal safety, he extinguished a fire in the nose of the plane, and then, since the arising smoke made vision for the co-pilot impossible for 10 or 15 minutes, took over personal guidance of he plane by giving instructions of the plane's position. Despite his straining activities he found time to man his gun and to destroy one enemy fighter.

"First Lt. Moberly's fine marksmanship, outstanding ability as a gunner, and brilliant devotion to duty enabled the group to successfully perform its mission and to return safely to its home base, reflecting the highest credit upon him and the armed forces of the United States.

Capt. Moberly, affectionately known as "Two-Gun" Moberly because of his ability to man two guns simultaneously, is now stationed at Randolph Field, Tex. His address there is Box 1130, APO 1.

Moberly Monitor-Index, Moberly, MO 27 Jan 1947

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