November 2, 1944

1944: MEDAL OF HONOR. While on a mission over Meresberg, Germany, a bomber sustains three hits from anti-aircraft shells. A severely wounded navigator, Lt Robert E. Femoyer, re­fuses morphine to keep his head clear so he could direct his plane out of danger. For 2 1/2 hours, he navigates his lone bomber away from flak. Only when he reaches the English Chan­nel does he agree to take a sedative. He dies after the plane lands in England. For his sacrifice, Femoyer receives the Medal of Honor.