Drew, Urban Leonard, Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1946-1950, M 1055, Michigan Air National Guard
Service Years
1942 - 1950

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Contact Info
Home Town
Detroit, Michigan
Last Address
Southern California

Date of Passing
Apr 03, 2013
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 55, Site 4277

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin AAFTTC Instructor

 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

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

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He destroyed 6 enemy aircraft in aerial combat, 1 probable, and 1 on the ground during WWII.
He was awarded the Air Force Cross in 1983 for actions performed on Oct. 7, 1944.
He was also the only man to shoot down 2 ME-262s.

His AF cross citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Major (Air Corps) [then First Lieutenant] Urban L. "Ben" Drew (ASN: 0-82117), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane and Leader of Blue Flight, 375th Fighter Squadron, 361st Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force in action near Hamm, Germany, on 7 October 1944. On that date, Lieutenant Drew became the first Allied pilot to shoot down in combat two ME-262 aircraft. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, and in the dedication of his service to his country, Lieutenant Drew reflected the highest credit on himself and the United States Air Force.
Action Date: 7-Oct-44
Service: Army Air Forces
Rank: Major
Company: 375th Fighter Squadron
Regiment: 361st Fighter Group
Division: 8th Air Force

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 Unit Assignments
USAAF Training CommandAviation Cadet Flight School56th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron375th Fighter Squadron
361st Fighter Group413th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron414th Fighter GroupAir Force Bases/ Installations
127th Fighter-Interceptor GroupMichigan Air National Guard
  1942-1942, USAAF Training Command
  1942-1943, M 0273, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1944, M 1055, 56th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1944-1945, M 1055, 375th Fighter Squadron
  1944-1945, M 1055, 361st Fighter Group
  1945-1945, M 1055, 413th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1945-1945, M 1055, 414th Fighter Group
  1945-1946, M 1055, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1946-1950, M 1055, 127th Fighter-Interceptor Group
  1946-1950, M 1055, Michigan Air National Guard
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  AT-6 Texan  P-51/F-51 Mustang  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  
  1942-1943, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1942-1943, AT-6 Texan
  1943-1950, P-51/F-51 Mustang9
  1945-1945, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)1
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