Lt. Gen. Lewis H. Brereton, Commanding General of the Ninth Air Force.

July 1944 - Lt. Gen. Lewis H. Brereton, Commanding General of the Ninth Air Force, pins the Distinguished Flying Cross on 1st Lt. William Y. Anderson (left) of Chicago, Ill., in ceremonies on an air strip on the Cherbourg peninsula of France. Also: Lt. Anderson's plane 'Swede's Steed' caught fire during a raid over Hanover, Germany when he was hit by flak. He beat out the flames, suffering blisters on his legs. In 49 sorties, he was hit five times by flak, downed two enemy aircraft, and damaged five others (7 Kills). He was 22 years old at the time the photo was taken.

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