1943 — North Africa
Peter Seel; Original Cadre' of the 447th BS, 321st Bomb Group at Columbia, SC... in the [now famous] Knapp Flight Over, Feb. 1943 the Southern Route across the Atlantic in a single mass without loss. Chasing Rommel across North Africa, into Italy/Air Offensive Balkans.
DFC; November 1943:** DFC *** PETER B. SEEL, 0-660008, Captain (pilot), Athens, Ohio. For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in the North African Theatre of Operations as pilot of a B-25 type aircraft. While leading a thirty-six plane formation to Gerbini Satellite field number one, Capt. Seel’s plane received repeated direct hits by anti-aircraft fire, wounding his turret gunner and damaging one engine. Unable to pick out the assigned objective because of poor visibility, and briefed for no alternate target, Capt. Seel displayed outstanding determination and flying skill in maintaining flight long enough to lead his group on a highly destructive bomb run over the Gerbini Airdrome. Then, unable to maintain altitude, he returned safely to his base by a separate course. His courageous leadership and selfless devotion to his responsibilities reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Lt Seel became CAPTAIN, his ship the #41-13210 / Lead Ship with RADAR and the Norden Bombsite."Buckeye Cannon Ball"
Barbi Ennis Connolly; 321st Bomb Group Historian PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com and the 321st BG History Team of John T Fitzgerald, Patti Johnson and Barbi Connolly.