Klette, Immanuel John, Col

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1955-1956, Plattsburgh Air Force Base
Service Years
1941 - 1965
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Contact Info
Home Town
Pender, Nebraska
Last Address
Lovettsville, Virginia

Date of Passing
Feb 12, 1988
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 1 Grave 112-W-A

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Commander Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

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Last Known Activity

He flew a total of 91 combat missions in Europe in WWII, the most of any bomber pilot in the 8th Air Force.

His DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps) Immanuel Klette, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 324th Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 21 November 1944, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. On this date, Lieutenant Colonel Klette led the entire Eighth Air Force, a force of 1,291 bombers and 954 fighters, on a raid on oil refineries at Merseburg-Leuna, the most heavily defended target in Germany. In rapidly deteriorating weather, he made an on-the-spot decision to take the bombers down from 27,000 feet to visual bombing weather at 17,000, resulting in the war's most destructive strike on the refineries. The personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Klette on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

Action Date: 21-Nov-44

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: 324th Bombardment Squadron

Regiment: 91st Bombardment Group (H)

Division: 8th Air Force

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Book: "Masters of the Air", by Donald L. Miller, Simon & Schuster, 2007.


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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
369th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy306th Bombardment Group, Heavy324th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy91st Bombardment Group, Heavy
US Air Force
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1091, 369th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1091, 306th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1060, 324th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1091, 91st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1955-1956, Plattsburgh Air Force Base
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  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/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 Colleges Attended 
Gettysburg CollegeColumbia UniversityAir War CollegeNational War College
  1935-1939, Gettysburg College
  1939-1940, Columbia University
  1957-1958, Air War College
  1961-1962, National War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
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