Parker, James M., Jr., MAJ

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AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-26
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1947-1974, US Air Force
Service Years
1940 - 1947



Three Overseas Service Bars

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Home Town
Livingston, Texas
Last Address
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Date of Passing
Jun 19, 1991
Location of Interment
Restland Memorial Park - Dallas, Texas
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Last Known Activity
AAF Tail #40-2303 Take Off Order 9 Target-Tokyo

James Parker 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 served as a Light Bomber pilot in the North Africa Theater of Operations.

 Pilot Lt.  Harold Francis Doc Watson  Buffalo, NY   Sep 14, 1991  
 Co-Pilot Lt.  James N. Parker  Houston, TX   Jun 19, 1991  
 Navigator Lt.  Thomas C. Griffin  Pierre, SD  POW*  
 Bombardier Sgt  Wayne Max Bissell  Walker, MN   Jan 09, 1997   
 Eng/Gunner S/Sgt  Eldred V. Scott  Atlanta, GA   Jul 31, 1978

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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) James N. Parker (ASN: 0-421128), 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 Parker 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 GroupUSAAF 12th Army Air ForceUS Air Force
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1082, USAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment Group
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1091, USAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment Group
  1945-1947, AAF MOS 1091, USAAF 12th Army Air Force
  1947-1974, US Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid1
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Texas A&M University
  1937-1940, Texas A&M University
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