Herndon, Nolan Anderson, MAJ

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AAF MOS 1037-Navigator-Bombardier
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Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 1037, POW/MIA
Service Years
1940 - 1945



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Greenville, Texas
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Date of Passing
Oct 07, 2007
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AAF Tail#40-2244 Take Off Order 8 Target - Tokyo

Nolan Herndon 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.

 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 First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Nolan Anderson Herndon (ASN: 0-419328), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Navigator/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 Herndon 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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USAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment GroupPOW/MIA
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1037, USAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment Group
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1037, POW/MIA
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  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid
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