Sessler, Howard Albert, MAJ

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AAF MOS 1082-Pilot, B-25
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 1037, 380th Bombardment Squadron, 310th Bombardment Group
Service Years
1940 - 1945



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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SFC Ken Logue-Deceased to remember Sessler, Howard Albert (WW II Doolittle Raider Crew#15 Nav/Bomb), MAJ.

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Home Town
Arlington, Massachusetts
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Feb 09, 2001
Location of Interment
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cremated and scattered off the coast of Los Angele

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

Howard Sessler 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 remained in the China-Burma-India Theater until July before deploying to the European Theater of Action where he served from September 1942 until September 1943. He then flew combat in the Mediterranean Theater from September 1944 until the end of the war.

 Pilot Lt.  Donald G. Smith  Oldham, SD


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


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) Howard Albert Sessler (ASN: 0-43165), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Navigator/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. Lieutenant Sessler 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
17th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air ForceChina-Burma-India (CBI)380th Bombardment Squadron, 310th Bombardment Group
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1037, 17th Bombardment Group, USAAF 12th Army Air Force
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1037, China-Burma-India (CBI)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1037, 380th Bombardment Squadron, 310th Bombardment Group
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1037, 380th Bombardment Squadron, 310th Bombardment Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid
  1942-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1942-1945 WWII - China-Burma-India Theater/India-Burma Campaign (1942-45)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Northeastern State University
  1937-1940, Northeastern State University
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