Castle, Nial Kenneth, Maj

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Primary Unit
1953-1960, Air Force Reserve Command
Service Years
1941 - 1960
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Castle, Nial Kenneth, Maj USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Cananea, Mexico
Last Address
San Diego, California

Date of Passing
Aug 01, 2011
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Commander AAFTTC Instructor

 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Air Ace

American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American Fighter Aces Association
  2015, American Fighter Aces Association

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was credited with destroying 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat in WWII.
The location of his remains is unknown.

His 1st DFC citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Second Lieutenant (Air Corps) Nial K. Castle (ASN: 0-797787), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight over Ormoc Bay, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 1 November 1944. This officer, while flying in a formation of eight P-38's over Ormoc Bay, encountered ten to fifteen enemy fighters. The P-38's attacked, and Lieutenant Castle opened fire on one of the hostile aircraft. The pilot bailed out and the airplane crashed near the shore line. Lieutenant Castle then fired a three-second burst at another fighter which passed in front of him, whereupon it started burning and later crashed and exploded. The outstanding courage and devotion to duty displayed by this officer are worthy of the highest commendation.

General Orders: Headquarters, Far East Air Forces, General Orders No. 114 (January 18, 1945)

Action Date: 1-Nov-44

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Company: 8th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 49th Fighter Group




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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)327th Fighter Group
8th Fighter Squadron  - Black Sheep49th Fighter Group5th Air ForceUS Air Force
Air Force Reserve Command
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 611, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1943, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 327th Fighter Group
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 8th Fighter Squadron - Black Sheep
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 49th Fighter Group
  1945-1947, 5th Air Force
  1947-1951, Air Force Reserve Command
  1953-1960, Air Force Reserve Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
  1951-1953 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
O-52 Owl  A-20 Havoc  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  
P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  C-119 Flying Boxcar  
  1941-1942, O-52 Owl
  1942-1942, A-20 Havoc
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1943-1944, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1944-1945, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
  1951-1953, C-119 Flying Boxcar
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