HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – A Distinguished Flying Cross Medal presentation will be held at the Lindquist-Hadley Fighter Gallery in the Hill Aerospace Museum at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 25.
Major General Andrew E. Busch, Ogden Air Logistics Center commander, and former U.S. Senator Robert Bennett will present the awards to retired Sgt. Paul V. Sersland and posthumously to 2nd Lt. Evan E. Allan.
This distinctive honor is awarded to any officer or enlisted person who, while serving in any capacity with the armed forces of the United States, distinguishes himself by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight.
“These men deserve recognition for their achievements and extraordinary contributions to our country,” Maj. Gen. Busch said. “Their performances were above and beyond, and it’s important they be recognized for their service.”
During contingency flight operations in 1944, 2nd Lt. Allan managed a successful crash landing after he, his co-pilot and his aircraft had received heavy fire. His actions resulted in saving the lives of five crew members that were on board, all of who returned to their families after the war.
Rather than being noted for a single act of heroism, Sgt. Sersland was an aerial gunner on a B-17 for 35 bombing raids over enemy occupied Europe from October 1944 to March 1945.