Nielsen, Chase Jay, CPT

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AAF 1035-Navigator
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Aviation (Enlisted)
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1947-1961, US Air Force
Service Years
1939 - 1947



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Home Town
Hyrum, Utah
Last Address
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Date of Passing
Mar 23, 2007
Location of Interment
Logan City Cemetery - Logan, Utah
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Last Known Activity
AAF Tail#40-2298 Take Off Order 6 Target - Tokyo

Chase Nielsen 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 following the crash of his bomber and was held as a Prisoner of War until his release after the end of the war in 1945. He was the only Doolittle Raider to return to testify at the War Crimes Trials against the Japanese in January 1946.

Pilot Lt.  Dean Edward Hallmark  Robert Lee, TX


 Oct 15, 1942   
 Co-Pilot Lt.  Robert John Meder  Cleveland, OH POW/KIA1 Dec 01, 1943   
 Navigator Lt.  Chase Jay Nielsen  Hyrum, UT  POW2 Mar 23, 2007
 Bombardier Cpl.  William J. Dieter  Vail, IA  KIA3 Apr 18, 1942   
 Eng/Gunner Sgt  Donald E. Fitzmaurice  Lincoln, NE  KIA3  Apr 18, 1942

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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) Chase Jay Nielsen (ASN: 0-419938), 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 Nielsen 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

Prisoner of War Medal

First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Chase Jay Nielsen (ASN: 0-419938), United States Army Air Forces, was captured by the Japanese on 21 April 1942 after he and his crew ditched their bomber over China, and he was held as a Prisoner of War until his recovery by an O.S.S. Para-rescue Team on 20 August 1945.

Action Date: April 21, 1942 - August 20, 1945

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Division: Prisoner of War (Japan)

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17th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air ForcePOW/MIAUS Air Force
  1942-1942, 17th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air Force
  1942-1945, AAF 1035, POW/MIA
  1947-1961, US Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid
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Utah State University
  1935-1938, Utah State University
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