1Lt. Lewis I. Christianson, ASN 17143006

B-24 Pilot

10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 436th Bombardment Squadron

Enlisted: November 1942

40 Combat Missions

Distinguished Flying Cross w/Oak Leaf Cluster

Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters

In November of 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Force Cadet Training Program. After basic training at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, Missouri, he was stationed at the State Teacher College in Stevens Point, Wisconsin for initial training. He was then sent to Douglas, Arizona Air Force Base and graduated from pilot's school in February of 1944 as a second lieutenant. He then completed additional training in heavy bombing operations. He was sent overseas in June with the 10th Air Force as a B-24 pilot. In the China-Burma-India Theater he distinguished himself in forty bombing missions, for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He was released from active duty in December 1945, as a First Lieutenant. Upon completion of dental school, he went on duty with the Army Dental Corp serving two years in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

(Info Courtesy of Christianson Family)

Lt. Christianson's Find-A-Grave.com Memorial

436th BS Personnel

7th BG Personnel