York, Edward J., MAJ

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1082-Pilot, B-25
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1947-1966, US Air Force
Service Years
1930 - 1947



Four Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Batavia, New York
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Aug 31, 1984
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 1 Grave 1220

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Last Known Activity
AAF Tail#40-2244 Take Off Order 8 Target - Tokyo

Edward York 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, due to mechanical problems, his aircraft had insufficient fuel to reach China and landed at a field near Vladivostok, Russia. There, the neutral Soviets confiscated the bomber and interned the crew until they subsequently escaped to Persia and returned home in May 1943. Thereafter he served with a B-17 unit in Italy.

 Pilot Cpt.  Edward J. Ski York  Batavia, NY   Aug 31, 1984   
 Co-Pilot Lt.  Robert G. Emmens  Medford, OR   Apr 02, 1992   
 Nav./Bomb. Lt.  Nolan Anderson Herndon  Greenville, TX  

Oct 7, 2007

 Engineer Sgt.  Theodore H. Laban  Kenosha, WI   Sep 16, 1978   
 Gunner Sgt.  David William Pohl  Boston, MA   Feb 18, 1999   

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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 Captain (Air Corps) Edward J. York (ASN: 0-211511), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Pilot 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. Captain York 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: Captain

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force



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AAF Senior Pilot Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1938, US Army Air Force/USAAF Training (Kelly Field, TX), B
 Unit Assignments
Army Garrison, AlaskaArmy Garrison Fort Lewis, WAUSAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment GroupPOW/MIA
USAAF 15th Army Air ForceDefense Intelligence Agency (DIA)/Defense Attache Office (USDAO)US Air Force
  1930-1934, Army Garrison, Alaska
  1939-1941, AAF MOS 1082, Army Garrison Fort Lewis, WA
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1082, USAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment Group
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1082, POW/MIA
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1092, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
  1945-1946, AAF MOS 218, Defense Attache Office (USDAO)/United States Defense Attache Office, Warsaw, Poland
  1947-1948, US Air Force
  1947-1966, US Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid2
  1942-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1934-1938, United States Military Academy
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