Potter, Henry A., 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1947-1970, US Air Force
Service Years
1940 - 1947


First Lieutenant

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SFC Ken Logue-Deceased to remember Potter, Henry A. (WW II Doolittle Raider Navigator Crew#1), 1LT.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Pierre, South Dakota
Last Address
Austin, Texas

Date of Passing
May 27, 2002
Location of Interment
Capital Memorial Gardens - Austin, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
OVET #4, Lot 4, Space 16

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Last Known Activity
Pilot LTC  James H. Jimmy Doolittle  Alameda, CA    Sep 27, 1993  
 Co-Pilot Lt.  Richard E. Cole  Dayton, OH    
 Navigator Lt.  Henry A. Hank Potter  Pierre, SD   May 27, 2002  
 Bombardier S/Sgt  Fred Anthony Braemer  Seattle, WA   Feb 02, 1989   
 Eng/Gunner S/Sgt  Paul John Leonard  Roswell, NM


 Jan 05, 1943  

Henry Potter was one of the 80 airmen who, under the leadership of Jimmy Doolittle, disembarked from the U.S.S. Hornet in the first bombing raid over Tokyo in World War II.

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Distinguished Flying Cross

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Henry A. Potter (ASN: 0-419614), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Navigator of a B-25 Bomber of the 1st Special Aviation Project (Doolittle Raider Force), while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on 18 April 1942. Lieutenant Potter with 79 other officers and enlisted men volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on himself and the military service.

Action Date: April 18, 1942

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force

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 Unit Assignments
China-Burma-India (CBI)USAAF 12th Army Air ForceUS Air Force
  1942-1942, 1035, China-Burma-India (CBI)
  1942-1943, 1035, USAAF 12th Army Air Force
  1947-1970, US Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid1
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