Spatz, Harold A., Sgt

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Last Rank
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Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 612-Aerial Gunner
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AAF MOS 612, POW/MIA
Service Years
1939 - 1942


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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SFC Ken Logue-Deceased to remember Spatz, Harold A. (WW II Doolittle Raider Crew#16 Gunner), Sgt.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lebo, Kansas
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Oct 15, 1942
Hostile, Died while Captured
Intentional Homicide
WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section Q Grave 297

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 Unit Assignments
USAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment GroupPOW/MIA
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 612, USAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment Group
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 612, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid1
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Last Known Activity
AAF Tail#40-2268 Take Off Order 16 Target: Kobe, Japan

Harold Spatz 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. He was captured by the Japanese and held as a Prisoner of War until October 15, 1942, when he was executed while in captivity.

Pilot Lt.  William G. Bill Farrow  Darlington, SC POW/KIA* Oct 15, 1942   
 Co-Pilot Lt.  Robert L. Hite  Odell, TX  POW1  
 Navigator Lt.  George Barr  Brooklyn, NY  POW1 Jul 12, 1967   
 Bombadier Cpl.  Jacob Daniel DeShazer  West Stayton, OR  POW1 Mar 15, 2008 
 Eng/Gunner Sgt.  Harold A. Spatz  Lebo, KS


Oct 15, 1942  

Distinguished Flying Cross

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Harold A. Spatz, United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Engineer/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 Spatz 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
Army Air Forces
Rank: Sergeant
Company: 1st Special Aviation Project
Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force
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