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Nicholas Megura

Date of birth: July 28, 1920
Date of death: November 4, 1988
Place of Birth: Connecticut, Ansonia
Home of record: Ansonia Connecticut

Nicholas Megura received his flight training and wings from the Royal Canadian Air Force before transferring to the U.S. Army Air Forces in July 1943. During the War he became a DOUBLE ACE, credited with destroying 11.83 enemy aircraft in aerial combat. His fighter was badly damaged on May 22, 1944, and he nursed his airplane to a landing in Sweden, where he remained until June 28. Due to diplomatic considerations upon his exit from Sweden, he was prohibited from returning to combat. After the war he transferred to the new U.S. Air Force, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Nicholas Megura (ASN: 0-2044894), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 6 and 8 March 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On each of these dates First Lieutenant Megura shot down two enemy aircraft. First Lieutenant Megura's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 25 (1944)

Action Date: March 6 & 8, 1944

Service: Army Air Forces

Battalion: 334th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Nicholas Megura (ASN: 0-2044894), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a P-51 Fighter Pilot of the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in action against the enemy in aerial combat in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. The skillful and zealous manner in which he has sought out the enemy and destroyed him, his devotion to duty and courage under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Battalion: 334th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Nicholas Megura (ASN: 0-2044894), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a P-51 Fighter Pilot of the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in action against the enemy in aerial combat in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. The skillful and zealous manner in which he has sought out the enemy and destroyed him, his devotion to duty and courage under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Battalion: 334th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Nicholas Megura (ASN: 0-2044894), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a P-51 Fighter Pilot of the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in action against the enemy in aerial combat in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. The skillful and zealous manner in which he has sought out the enemy and destroyed him, his devotion to duty and courage under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Battalion: 334th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Nicholas Megura (ASN: 0-2044894), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a P-51 Fighter Pilot of the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in action against the enemy in aerial combat in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. The skillful and zealous manner in which he has sought out the enemy and destroyed him, his devotion to duty and courage under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Battalion: 334th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Nicholas Megura (ASN: 0-2044894), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Fourth Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fifth Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a P-51 Fighter Pilot of the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in action against the enemy in aerial combat in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. The skillful and zealous manner in which he has sought out the enemy and destroyed him, his devotion to duty and courage under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Battalion: 334th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Nicholas Megura (ASN: 0-2044894), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Silver Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Sixth Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a P-51 Fighter Pilot of the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in action against the enemy in aerial combat in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. The skillful and zealous manner in which he has sought out the enemy and destroyed him, his devotion to duty and courage under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Battalion: 334th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force