Jewish Airman Holds 29 Decorations; Called Outstanding Navigator in Squadron’s History
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Jewish Airman Holds 29 Decorations; Called Outstanding Navigator in Squadron’s History

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Capt. Edwin F. Radin, 25, of Brooklyn, N. Y. has received twenty-nine decorations: The Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, twenty-four Oakleaf Clusters, two Presidential Unit Citations and Croix de Guerre avec Palme for aeiral heroism in the European theater, the Jewish Welfare Board reports.

As navigator of a B-26 bomber, he has taken part in fifty-six combat missions. At Cassino, Radin served as group lead navigator in a formation of forty-eight bombers which attacked an important road bridge. Weather conditions seriously limited visibility, but Radin led his group over a pin-point target in the face of heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire. His expert navigation enabled the bombardiers following him to drop a devastating pattern of bombs on the bridge and entirely block the highway. He later led the formation safely back to base without any loss of personnel or ships.

During nine months of aerial combat service, Radin flew on every type of bombing mission, including attacks against enemy airfields, lines of communications, ammunition dumps and harbor areas. He has been called one of the outstanding navigators in the history of his squadron.

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