The United States Mint has released the design candidate images for upcoming Congressional Gold Medals honoring the American Fighter Aces and the World War II members of the “Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.” These represent two of the six medals which were authorized by Congress during a one month period during the summer.
An American Fighter Ace is a fighter pilot who served honorably in a United States military service and destroyed five or more confirmed enemy aircraft in aerial combat during a war or conflict in which American armed forces participated. Under Public Law 113-105, a single Congressional Gold Medal was authorized to be awarded collectively to the American Fighter Aces in recognition of their heroic military service and defense of our country’s freedom throughout the history of aviation warfare.
The US Mint provided six different obverse and eight different reverse design candidates for the American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal.
Under Public Law 113-106, a single Congressional Gold Medal was authorized to be awarded in honor of the World War II members of the 17th Bombardment Group (Medium) who became known as the “Doolittle Tokyo Raiders” in recognition of their military service during World War II. The Doolittle Raid was an air raid by the United States on the Japanese Home Islands, serving as retaliation for the Japanese attach on Pearl Harbor and demonstrating that Japan was vulnerable to American air attack.
The US Mint provided sixteen different obverse and nine different reverse design candidates for the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Congressional Gold Medal.
Both sets of candidates will be reviewed by the CCAC at a meeting held today and by the CFA at a meeting held later this week. Both groups will offer their recommendations for the designs to be used on the medals. The authority to select the final designs rests with the Secretary of the Treasury.
American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal Design Candidates
Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Congressional Gold Medal Design Candidates