Wildner, Carl Richard, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF 1035-Navigator
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1947-1962, US Air Force
Service Years
1937 - 1947

Aviation

First Lieutenant



Three Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1915
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SFC Ken Logue-Deceased to remember Wildner, Carl Richard (WW II Doolittle Raider Crew#2 Navigator), 1LT.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Holyoke, Massachusetts
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Mar 07, 1994
 
Location of Interment
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery - Annville, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 9-C Grave 280

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Last Known Activity
Carl Wildner 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. Following the raid he remained in the Theater flying missions out of India until he returned home in July 1943.


Pilot Lt.  Travis Hoover  Melrose, NM   Jan 17, 2004   
 Co-Pilot Lt.  William N. Fitzhugh  Temple, TX   Aug 31, 1981   
 Navigator Lt.  Carl Richard Wildner  Holyoke, MA   Mar 07, 1994   
 Bombardier Lt.  Richard Ewing Miller  Fort Wayne, IN

 KIA*

Jan 22, 1943   
 Eng/Gunner Sgt  Douglas V. Radney  Mineola, TX   Jan 28, 1994

   
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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) Carl Richard Wildner (ASN: 0-352857), 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 Wildner 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


Distinguished Flying Cross


 First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Carl Richard Wildner (ASN: 0-352857), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant
 


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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
HQ, US Army Reserve Command (USARC)China-Burma-India (CBI)US Air Force
  1937-1940, HQ, US Army Reserve Command (USARC)
  1942-1943, AAF 1035, China-Burma-India (CBI)
  1947-1962, US Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid2
  1942-1945 WWII - China-Burma-India Theater/China Defensive Campaign (1942-45)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Massachusetts at Boston
  1934-1937, University of Massachusetts at Boston
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