Truelove, Denver Vernon, CPT

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Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1036-Bombardier
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 1036, USAAF 12th Army Air Force/310th Bombardment Group
Service Years
1940 - 1943



Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lula, Georgia
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Apr 05, 1943
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)/Operation Husky/Airborne Landings
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery - Tunis, Tunisia
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Not Specified

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AAF Bombardier Badge

 Unit Assignments
USAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment GroupUSAAF 12th Army Air Force/310th Bombardment Group
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1036, USAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment Group
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1036, USAAF 12th Army Air Force/310th Bombardment Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid1
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Tail # 40- 2283 Take Off Order 5 Target: Tokyo

Denver Truelove 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 he was assigned to the North Africa Theater of Operations where he continued to fly combat missions until he was Killed in Action over Italy on April 5, 1943.

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


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) Denver Vernon Truelove (ASN: 0-427637), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Bombardier 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 Truelove 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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