Bitting enlisted as a Private during the First World War and fought in the four major battles in France. He was awarded the Purple Heart and other medals and received a battlefield commission as a Lieutenant. He always loved being known as "Private Bitting."
On 8 December 1941, his 44th birthday, Bitting re-enlisted as a Captain in the US Army Air Corps. From Wright Patterson Field in Dayton Ohio he was shipped to England as Director of Personnel for the 8th Air Corps, and beginning in 1944 for the USSTAF, receiving the US Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the French Legion D'Honneur with Oakleaf Cluster(two), the Order of the British Empire and others.
After Victory in Europe arrived on May 10, 1945, Bitting and his colleagues produced a Proclamation signed by each member of the USSTAF for Personnel.
Military | General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force
A few weeks after Pearl Harbor, in January 1942, General Spaatz was assigned as chief of the Army Air Force Combat Command at Washington and promoted to the temporary rank of major general. In May 1942, Spaatz was designated commander of the Eighth Air...
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Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945.
Eighth Air Force Headquarters became USSTAF in February 1944 and oversaw all Strategic Air Force activities in the European, African and Middle Eastern Theatre of Operations, particularly the operations of the Eighth and Fifteenth Air Forces.
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Pvt, Yankee Division, Benefit Street Armory,
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US ARMORY, ST. LOUIS, MO
WWI, US Army, France
WWII, US Army Air Corps, Wright Patterson Field and England, 1941-1945