Bower, William Marsh, COL

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AAF MOS 1063-Bombardment Unit Commander
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Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1947-1966, US Air Force
Service Years
1940 - 1947



Six Overseas Service Bars

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Date of Passing
Jan 10, 2011
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Plot: Section 54 Lot 2650-1

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When Doolittle died in 1993, Col. Bower was picked to play "Taps" at the funeral in Arlington.

Col. Bower managed to play a few notes before he was overcome with emotion and passed the bugle on to Doolittle's great-grandson.

Col. William Marsh "Bill" Bower, 93, the last surviving pilot from the famous "Doolittle's Tokyo Raiders" who bombed Japan in 1942, died Monday, January 10, 2011 at his home in south Boulder, surrounded by friends and family.

AAF Tail#40-2278 Take Off Order 12 Target-Yokohama

William Bower 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.

Pilot Lt.  William M. Bill Bower  Ravenna, OH  

Jan 10, 2011

 Co-Pilot Lt.  Thadd Harrison Blanton  Archer City, TX   Sep 27, 1961   
 Navigator Lt.  William R. Pound, Jr.  Milford, UT   Jul 13, 1967   
 Bombardier Sgt  Waldo J. Bither  Houlton, ME   Feb 25, 1988   
 Eng/Gunner Sgt  Omer Adelard Duquette West Warwick, RI


 Jun 03, 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 First Lieutenant (Air Corps) William M. Bower (ASN: 0-398577), 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. Lieutenant Bower 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
USAAF 2nd Army Air Force17th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air Force310th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air ForceUS Air Force
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1082, USAAF 2nd Army Air Force
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1082, 17th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air Force
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1063, 310th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air Force
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 1063, 310th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air Force
  1947-1966, US Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid1
  1942-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
 Colleges Attended 
Kent State University
  1935-1938, Kent State University
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