Bain, Edwin Vance, M/Sgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 612-Aerial Gunner
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 612, USAAF 12th Army Air Force/310th Bombardment Group
Service Years
1936 - 1943
Master Sergeant

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Greensboro, North Carolina
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jul 19, 1943
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Body not recovered

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 Unit Assignments
USAAF 2nd Army Air ForceChina-Burma-India (CBI)USAAF 12th Army Air Force/310th Bombardment Group
  1936-1942, AAF MOS 612, USAAF 2nd Army Air Force
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 612, China-Burma-India (CBI)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 612, USAAF 12th Army Air Force/310th Bombardment Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid3
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Doolittle Raider Crew#14 Gunner
Tail #40-2297 Take Off Order 14 - Target:Yokohama

Edwin Bain 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. Serving in the Mediterranean Theater subsequent to the Doolittle Raid, he was Killed in Action on July 19, 1943, when his bomber crashed into the Tyrrhenian Sea returning from a bombing mission near Rome, Italy.
Pilot Maj.  John A. Jack Hilger  Sherman, TX   Feb 03, 1982   
 Co-Pilot Lt.  Jack A. Sims  Kalamazoo, MI  

June 9, 2007

 Nav/Bomb. Lt.  James Herbert Herb Macia, Jr.  Tombstone, AZ  

Dec 20, 2009

 Engineer Sgt  Jacob Eirman  Baltimore, MD   Jan 16, 1994   
 Gunner Sgt  Edwin V. Bain  Greensboro, NC


 Jul 19, 1943


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 Sergeant Edwin Vance Bain (ASN: 6561290), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Gunner 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. Sergeant Bain 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: Sergeant

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force
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