1908-1944The heart is torn of late by the almost daily reports of heroes killed in action: Bottcher, Preddy, and now Castle. They all seem to have been made from a knightly stamp. Gallant and chivalrous men whom the Gods themselves will welcome. Brig. Gen. Frederick W. Castle, killed while leading an Air Division of B47's over Europe, lived in Washington. He had earned a rare distinction among the younger Air Corps Generals. Many of these officers have risen quickly to high rank because of their ability as staff officers. Others have won stars as combat leaders. Castle was outstanding both as staff officer and as combat leader. Although he had been a civilian for eight years when he donned a captain's uniform early in 1942, he promptly shouldered one of the most formidable jobs of the war. This was to go to Europe with General Eaker to help create what is now the Eighth Air Force. Castle as Air Chief of Staff, A-4, was responsible for the planning of an elaborate system of Air Bases, spare parts, and overhaul depots and supply installations for a huge air force, not yet in existence. He worked for a year in this key position, with brilliant effectiveness, but his urge for flying combat got the upper hand, and he was given command early in 1943 of a heavy bomber group of B-47's, which he led when the bombers were flying against the Luftwaffe.
|Series||This marker is part of the Medal of Honor Recipients series|
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|Date Added||Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 at 4:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||10S E 714919 N 4138168|
|Decimal Degrees||37.36536667, -120.57305000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 21.922', W 120° 34.383'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 21' 55.32" N, 120° 34' 22.98" W|
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