361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group
Plot D, Row 16, Grave 40
In August 1943, Flight Officer Edmund L. Decker entered the service in the U.S. Army Air Forces and was assigned to the 361stFighter Squadron, 356thFighter Group. The 356thFighter Group was an Eighth Air Force fighter unit stationed at RAF Martlesham Heath, England. The 361stFighter Squadron participated in operations that prepared for the invasion of the continent and supported the landings at Normandy and the subsequent Allied drive across France, targeting German railways, rail centers, transportation hubs and truck convoys.
On June 8, 1944 the 361stFighter Squadron took part in a mission in support of the Normandy Campaign. Upon sighting German trucks on the road near Bouconvillers, Decker started an immediate attack. While he was strafing the convoy, enemy ground fire hit his aircraft. Decker went into a vertical bank and high-speed stall, and crashed. It was his 30thmission. Decker was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, and Purple Heart.
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
Edmund L. Decker is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot D, Row 16, Grave 40.