Greening, Charles Ross, MAJ

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AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-26
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1947-1957, 9303, US Air Force
Service Years
1936 - 1947



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Home Town
Hoquiam, Washington
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Mar 29, 1957
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Last Known Activity
AAF Tail #40-2249 Take Off Order 11 Target - Tokyo

Charles Greening 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 went on to fly combat over North Africa where he was shot down and captured on July 17, 1943. He escaped captivity and evaded for six months before he was re-captured and held by the Germans until the end of the war.

Pilot Cpt.  Charles Ross Greening  Carroll, IA


Mar 29, 1957   
 Co-Pilot Lt.  Kenneth E. Reddy  Bowie, TX   Sep 03, 1942   
 Navigator Lt.  Frank Albert Kappeler  San Francisco, CA  

June 23, 2010

 Bombardier Sgt  William L. Birch  Calexico, CA  

Nov 18, 2006

 Eng/Gunner Sgt  Melvin J. Gardner  Mesa, AZ


 Jun 02, 1942  

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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 Captain (Air Corps) Charles Ross Greening (ASN: 0-22443), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as 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. Captain Greening 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: Captain

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force

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AAF Senior Pilot Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1937, US Army Air Force/USAAF Training (Kelly Field, TX), A/1
 Unit Assignments
Fort Lewis Regional Flight Center (FLRFC), Operational Support Airlift Command (OSACOM)17th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air Force310th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air ForcePOW/MIA
US Air Force
  1936-1936, AAF MOS 1054, Fort Lewis Regional Flight Center (FLRFC), Operational Support Airlift Command (OSACOM)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1082, 17th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air Force
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1091, 310th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air Force
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1091, POW/MIA
  1947-1957, 9303, US Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid1
  1943-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
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Washington College
  1933-1936, Washington College
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