Luksic, Carl John, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1966-1969, 1411, 317th Tactical Airlift Wing
Service Years
1942 - 1969
Lieutenant Colonel

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Luksic, Carl John, Lt Col USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Joliet, Illinois
Last Address
Panama City, Florida

Date of Passing
May 24, 2009
Location of Interment
Kent Forest Lawn Cemetery - Panama City, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Air Force Retired AAFTTC Instructor

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2015, American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He destroyed 8.5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat, and 7 more on the ground before he was shot down and became a POW May 24, 1944. He escaped in Mar 1945 and got back to Allied lines in April. He was an "Ace in a Day" May 8, 1944, when he got 5 victories.

His DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Carl J. Luksic (ASN: 0-732289), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 8 May 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Lieutenant Luksic with his flight attacked and dispersed a force of more than fifteen enemy fighters which were engaging a friendly bomber formation and through the aggressiveness of his attack destroyed two enemy planes. Finding himself separated from his flight, he fearlessly continued his attacks and destroyed a third enemy plane. He then joined two friendly fighters and led them in determined attack against more than twenty enemy fighters, and running short of fuel and ammunition, Lieutenant Luksic displayed further will and determination to damage the enemy by expending his remaining ammunition in destroying four oil tank cars on a railway siding. The extraordinary heroism and aggressiveness displayed by Lieutenant Luksic in the face of overwhelming odds reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 28 (May 10, 1944)

Action Date: 8-May-44

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 61st Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 56th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

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 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight School487th Fighter SquadronUS Air ForcePOW Germany
37th Flying Training WingAir Force Bases/ InstallationsUS Air ForceSquadron Officer School (SOS)
329th Fighter-Interceptor SquadronAir Force Bases/ InstallationsTyndall Air Force BaseSupport Units
39th Troop Carrier Squadron317th Tactical Airlift Wing
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 487th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 352nd Fighter Group
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, POW Germany
  1945-1946, AAF MOS 770, 37th Flying Training Wing
  1946-1948, AAF MOS 770, 89th Air Base Squadron
  1948-1949, AAF MOS 770, RAF Gunnery School, Leconfield UK
  1949-1952, AAF MOS 770, Nellis Air Force Base
  1959-1961, Squadron Officer School (SOS)
  1961-1963, 1411, 329th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1963-1964, Suwon Air Base
  1964-1966, Tyndall Air Force Base
  1964-1966, 21, 4756th Support Squadron
  1966-1966, 39th Troop Carrier Squadron
  1966-1969, 1411, 317th Tactical Airlift Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-106 Delta Dart  C-130 Hercules  
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1944-1944, P-51/F-51 Mustang1
  1961-1963, F-106 Delta Dart
  1966-1969, C-130 Hercules
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