Wilder, Rodney Ross, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1063-Bombardment Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1944, AAF MOS 1063, 310th Bombardment Group/380th Bombardment Squadron
Service Years
1940 - 1947

Aviation

Lieutenant Colonel



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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Taylor, Texas
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jun 07, 1964
 
Location of Interment
Taylor City Cemetery - Taylor, Texas
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Last Known Activity
Tail # 40- 2283 Take Off Order 5 Target: Tokyo


Rodney Wilder 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. Prior to the raid, on December 24, 1941, Lieutenant Wilder was co-pilot of a B-25 credited with sinking a Japanese submarine at the mouth of the Columbia River. Following the raid he continued to fly combat missions in the European and Mediterranean Theaters of Operations.


Pilot Cpt.  David M. Jones  Marshfield, OR  POW1

Nov 25, 2008

 Co-Pilot Lt.  Rodney Ross Wilder  Taylor, TX   Jun 07, 1964   
 Navigator Lt.  Eugene Francis McGurl  Belmont, MA KIA2 Jun 03, 1942   
 Bombardier Lt.  Denver Vernon Truelove  Clermont, GA KIA3 Apr 05, 1943   
 Eng/Gunner Cpl.  Joseph W. Manske  Gowanda, NY   Apr 04, 1998  

   
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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) Rodney Ross Wilder, United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Co-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. Lieutenant Wilder 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


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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, US Army Air Force/USAAF Training (Kelly Field, TX), A/1
 Unit Assignments
USAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment GroupChina-Burma-India (CBI)310th Bombardment Group/380th Bombardment Squadron
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1082, USAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment Group
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1054, CBI Air Groups/Squadrons
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1063, 310th Bombardment Group/380th Bombardment Squadron
  1942-1944, AAF MOS 1063, 310th Bombardment Group/380th Bombardment Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid
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