Old Hollywood Stars That Served In The United States Military | Clark Gable
After his wife Carole Lombard died in a plane crash returning from a War Bond drive, a grief-stricken Gable joined the US Army Air Force and was off the screen for three years, flying combat missions in Europe. He served as a Captain making training films. Also trained as an aerial gunner, he flew 5 combat missions with the 8th Air Force’s 351st Bombardment Group (Heavy) while making his films and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. Adolf Hitler esteemed the film star above all other actors, and during the war offered a sizable reward to anyone who could capture and return Gable, who was flying combat missions over Germany, unscathed to him.