Evans, Vincent B., MAJ

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Last Rank
Major
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1036-Bombardier
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 1036, USAAF 20th Air Force
Service Years
1941 - 1945

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1920
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SFC Ken Logue-Deceased to remember Evans, Vincent B. (WW II Bombardier of "Memphis Belle" B-17), MAJ.

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Home Town
Henderson, Texas
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Apr 23, 1980
 
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Vince was the Bombardier for then Captain Robert K. Morgan on the famed "Memphis Belle" B-17 from September of 1942 until June of 1943.  The Memphis Belle completed 25 combat missions and was returned to the states with it's crew for a public relations tour.  Upon completion of the tour, Captain Morgan became the Pilot for a new B-29 Superfortress named "Dauntless Dotty".  Vince joined Morgan's crew again as Bombardier only this time they served in the Pacific Theater of Operations flying out of Isley Field, Saipan in the Mariana Islands.


Vince had previously been a Hollywood writer for Bogart, a restaurant operator, a race car driver and, before joining the Army, operated a fleet of trucks.  His friends included Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Stewart and JuneAllyson.
Evans had previously been a Hollywood writer for Bogart, a restaurant operator, a race car driver and, before joining the army, the operator of a fleet of trucks. His friends included Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Stewart and June
 

 
   
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Vincent B.  Evans
  • Vincent B. Evans

  • Date of birth: September 6, 1920
  • Date of death: April 23, 1980
  • Burial Location: Ballard, California
  • Place of Birth: Texas
  • Home of record: TexasTexas

  • Vincent Evans served as Bombardier aboard the famous B-17 "Memphis Belle" with the 324th Bomb Squadron of the 91st Bomb Group in England from September 1942 to May 1943. He died in a plane crash with his wife Margery and their daughter Venetia on April 23, 1980, just before landing at the Santa Ynez Valley Airport in California.

Awards and Citations

  1. Distinguished Flying Cross

    Awarded for actions during the World War II

    (Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Vincent B. Evans (ASN: 0-727090), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

    Action Date: World War II

    Service: Army Air Forces

    Rank: Captain

    Company: 869th Bombardment Squadron

    Regiment: 497th Bombardment Group

    Division: 21st Air Force 

  2. Distinguished Flying Cross

    Awarded for actions during the World War II

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain (Air Corps) Vincent B. Evans (ASN: 0-727090), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 18 December 1944. Captain Evans was Bombardier in the lead airplane of a formation of B-29 type aircraft on a mission against an aircraft plant in Nagoya, Japan. The weather around the target was overcast and the bomb run was made by radar. Just before the formation reached the primary target, the clouds broke, enabling Captain Evans to make last minute visual corrections and drop his bombs squarely on the plant. His high professional skill was responsible for a large number of the formation's bombs hitting the target and seriously damaging a vital link in the enemy's aircraft production program. Captain Evans' outstanding ability under adverse circumstances reflects great credit on himself and the Army Air Forces.

    General Orders: Headquarters, XXI Bomber Command, General Orders No. 90 (May 19, 1945)

    Action Date: 18-Dec-44

    Service: Army Air Forces

    Rank: Captain

    Company: 869th Bombardment Squadron

    Regiment: 497th Bombardment Group

    Division: 21st Air Force


 
   
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  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1036, USAAF 8th Army Air Force
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1036, USAAF 20th Air Force
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  1942-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1945-1945 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Bombing of Kobe
  1945-1945 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Bombing of Nagoya
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
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