Bither, Waldo J., MAJ

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AAF 4825-Aircraft Engineering Officer
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1947-1954, US Air Force
Service Years
1925 - 1947



Three Overseas Service Bars

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Home Town
Houlton, Maine
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Feb 25, 1988
Location of Interment
Greenwood Memorial Park and Mausoleum - Ft Worth, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Woodlawn Garden Lot 1050

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

Waldo Bither 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 received a commission and served as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer in the European Theater of Operations.

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 Sergeant Waldo J. Bither (ASN: 6101457), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Bombardier 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 Bither 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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Coastal Artillery CorpsUSAAF 2nd Army Air Force17th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air ForceUSAAF 8th Army Air Force
US Air Force
  1925-1928, Coastal Artillery Corps
  1928-1942, AAF 912, USAAF 2nd Army Air Force
  1942-1942, AAF 510, 17th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air Force
  1943-1947, AAF 4825, USAAF 8th Army Air Force
  1947-1954, US Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 WWII - American Theater/Antisubmarine Campaign
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid
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