Lucky Bastard Club – Certificate of Valor – Mission Certificate
I am seeking a HQ scan of a 398th BG mission completion certificate that was issued to aircrew that completed their tour (see example).
It is not unusual for otherwise well versed group historians to not have heard of these certificates as they were somewhat scarce. Anyone not completing a full tour would not have gotten one; nor would a man who had been shot down and/or taken POW or EVD as he would not have completed a full tour. Also, it appears that an airman who completed his tour before Fall 1943 may not have received one.
Examples that were issued in other 1st Division Groups are illustrated below. I am in the process of writing and illustrating a book on the subject…hope you can help. Send me a PM so I can get an email notification. Thank you.