Griffin, Thomas Carson, MAJ

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AAF 1035-Navigator
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Aviation (Enlisted)
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1943-1945, AAF 1035, POW/MIA
Service Years
1939 - 1947



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Pierre, South Dakota
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Date of Passing
Feb 26, 2013
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AAF Tail #40-2303 Take Off Order 9 Target-Tokyo

Thomas Griffin 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 flew combat missions in North Africa until he was shot down on July 3, 1943, and interned as a Prisoner of War of the Germans until the war ended in 1945.

 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) Thomas Carson Griffin (ASN: 0-377848), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Navigator 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 Griffin 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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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Coastal Artillery CorpsUS Army Air Force (USAAF)17th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air ForcePOW/MIA
  1939-1940, Coastal Artillery Corps
  1940-1942, AAF 1035, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF 1035, 17th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air Force
  1943-1945, AAF 1035, POW/MIA
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  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid1
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