Sergeant Norman J. Wernert 398th Bomb Squadron 504th Bomb Group 20th Air Force
Wall of Valor: The Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded to Sergeant Norman J. Wernert for extraordinary
achievement while participating in aerial flight 15 April 1945 from a base in the Marianas Islands.
Sergeant Wernert was the Radio Operator on a B-29 aircraft on a successful night incendiary
raid against the city of Kawasaki, Japan. His plane carried a heavier bomb load than any other
that flew that night. and by making a successful radar run his plane dropped all of the projectiles
on the target despite searchlights that held the B-29 throughout the bombing run, and flak that
was intense and so accurate as to damage one engine seriously and put holes in the wing and
fuselage. After the ﬂak ceased, a fighter attacked but evasive tactics threw the enemy plane off.
Later. his plane was equally successful against a flying suicide bomb, which the crew saw crash
into the water. They returned safely back to base. The work of this crew aided materially in the
destruction of six square miles of the city. The courage. determination and high degree of skill
and teamwork shown by this veteran of many missions over Japan reflects great credit upon
himself and the Army Air Forces.