Pohl, David William, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1054-Pilot - Two-Engine
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1945-1947, AAF MOS 1054, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
Service Years
1940 - 1947


First Lieutenant

One Service Stripe

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home Town
Boston, Massachusetts
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Feb 18, 1999
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean

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

David Pohl was the youngest 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 Sergeant David William Pohl (ASN: 6152141), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Gunner 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. Sergeant Pohl 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: Sergeant

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force

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USAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment GroupPOW/MIAUS Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 612, USAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment Group
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 612, POW/MIA
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 1054, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1945-1947, AAF MOS 1054, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid1
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