Williams, Griffith Paul, MAJ

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Last Rank
Major
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1082-Pilot, B-25
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1947-1952, US Air Force
Service Years
1940 - 1947

Aviation

Major



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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Chicago, Illinois
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jul 14, 1998
 
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: CBD 1 463

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Last Known Activity
AAF Tail#40-2267 Take Off Order 15 Target - Kobe



Griffith Williams 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 Lieutenant Williams was assigned to the 12th Air Force in North Africa where he flew combat missions until July 4, 1943, when he was shot down and interned as a Prisoner of War of the Germans.


 Pilot Lt.  Donald G. Smith  Oldham, SD

  KIA1

Nov 12, 1942   
 Co-Pilot Lt.  Griffith Paul Williams  Chicago, IL

  POW2

Jul 14, 1998   
 Nav/Bomb. Lt.  Howard Albert Sessler  Boston, MA   Feb 09, 2001   
 Engineer Sgt  Edward Joseph Saylor  Brusett, MT     
Gunner/Physician Lt.  (Dr.) Thomas Robert Doc White Haiku, Maui, HI

 

 Nov 29, 1992 

   
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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) Griffith Paul Williams (ASN: 0-421336), 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 Williams 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
Army Garrison, Joint Base San Antonio, TXUSAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment GroupPOW/MIAUS Army Air Force (USAAF)
US Air Force
  1940-1941, AAF MOS 256, Army Garrison, Joint Base San Antonio, TX/Kelly Field Annex
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1082, USAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment Group
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1091, POW/MIA
  1945-1947, AAF MOS 1082, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1947-1952, US Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
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