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Edmund L. Decker

361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group

Flight Officer, U.S. Army Air Forces

Entered the Service from:

Missouri

Died:

6/8/1944

Grave Location:

Plot D, Row 16, Grave 40

Air and Ground Officers of the 361st Fighter Squadron, May 1944.

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.

Illustration of a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of the 361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group.
F/O Edmund L. Decker participated in missions to attack transportation lines such as the Bouconvillers train station (pictured prior to the war) where he met his untimely death.

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.

The RAF Martlesham Heath Airfield where the 356th Fighter Squadron was stationed. July 9, 1946.
A current view of Bouconvillers, France, the town where Decker was shot down on June 8, 1944.

Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

Distinguished Flying Cross
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Edmund L. Decker is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot D, Row 16, Grave 40.