Croix de Guerre with Palm Leaf awarded to the 434th Troop Carrier Group for its role in the sweep across France, 20-28 August 1944.

(English translation appears beneath the citation.)


Extract of the Citation From The Law Decision #332

Dated 17 September 1946

The President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Francecites

The "Order of the Army" To

434th Troop Carrier Group:

A Magnificent Unit which in a masterly fashion distinguished itself by performance during the outbreak of hostilities against the European Stronghold on June 6, 1944.

Once again it can be noted that from 20th - 28th August, 1944, during the celebrated raid of the American Third Army across France, making the constant resupply (ammo, food, fuel, etc.) to armored units in pursuit of the enemy, who were then driven back to Metz.

Flying planes without protection or arms and flying over recently liberated territories which were still mined and scattered with obstacles of shell holes, the team of the 434th Troop Carrier Group transported night and day through all weather and in 529 sorties nearly 3 million litres of gasoline, heavy oil and munitions and evacuated nearly 2,000 gravely wounded soldiers.

By their energy, the quality of their magnificent piloting skills and their "sang-froid", these teams contributed greatly to the swift liberation of France.

These citations comprise the awarding of the Croix de Guerre with Palm-Leaf