First Blood D-Day 1944. By David Otts Signed by: Clyde B. East RCAF & USAAF Silver Star, DFC w/3 OLC (US), Air Medal w/ 41 Oak Leaf clusters Born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, 19 July 1921 Joined the RCAF in June 1941 No.6 SFTS Dunnville - graduated November 1942 (He met his future wife (from Hamilton, Ont.) while training) Sent overseas and completed OTU Assigned to 414 squadron RCAF Completed his tour with 414 in December 1943 Transfered to the USAAF in January 1944 Assigned to the 15th Tactical Recon. Sqn. 10th Photo. Group Here he flew Spitfires & F-6C/D (recce P-51) 1st American to shoot down an e/a on D-day Flew in Korea & over Cuba during the missile crisis Retired from the Air Force in 1965 Worked for the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica Retired and living in Oak Park, California as of December 2013 Was a docent at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library His awards are on display there in the National Heroes Gallery He passed away 30 July 2014
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