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2nd Lt Fredrick J Bitter, [ 431 W. Wayne St., Butler, PA ], P-38 Lightning pilot of the 14th Fighter Group, 5th Fighter Wing, 12th Air Force, has been awarded the air medal and 7 oak leaf clusters. He has completed his allotted fifty combat missions over enemy territory and is a member of the first American fighter group to see action in the North African invasion. He has to his credit 1 x Me109 probably destroyed and 1 x Me109 damaged.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A46976-60458AC.



  • 14th Fighter Group

    14th Fighter Group

    The 14th Fighter Group (USAAF) was a P-38 Lightning Group that fought in Tunisia and the Italian campaign, as well as providing bomber escorts for attacks across southern Europe. ...


  • Frederick Bitter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 14FG, 5FW, 12AF USAAF. 50 combat missions. Credited 1 x probable[Me109], 1 x damaged[Me109]. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: AM (7 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


Date Contributor Update
15 November 2016 21:12:45 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations