Thatcher, David Jonathan, SSgt
Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0737-Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Last Unit
1944-1945, USAAF Installations
Service Years
1940 - 1945
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Montana
Montana
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Bridger, Montana
Last Address
Missoula, Montana

Date of Passing
Jun 22, 2016
 
Location of Interment
Sunset Memorial Gardens - Billings, Montana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Gold Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the flight engineer/gunner in crew #7 on the Doolittle Raid. He was the only member of his crew not injured in the ditching of their aircraft. He was of great help to his crewmates and was awarded the Silver Star for his efforts. Later he served in England and North Africa but his units are unknown.

Synopsis of his Silver Star citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Corporal David J. Thatcher (ASN: 19019573), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 1st Special Aviation Project (Doolittle Raider Force), on 18 April 1942, in China. Corporal Thatcher aided the crew of Lieutenant Lawson's bomber evade Japanese troops following their crash-landing in China subsequent to the raid.

Action Date: April 18, 1942

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Corporal

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force
Crew No. 7 (Plane #40-2261, "The Ruptured Duck", target Tokyo) 95th Bomb Sq. L-R: Lt. Charles L. McClure, navigator; Lt. Ted W. Lawson, pilot; Lt. Robert S. Clever, bombardier; Lt. Dean Davenport, copilot; Sgt. David J. Thatcher, flight engineer/gunner. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, Crew No. 7

 

   
Other Comments:
Sources:
http://www.doolittleraider.com/raiders/thatcher.htm
http://www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=1872
http://www.aerotechnews.com/blog/2016/06/29/montanas-last-doolittle-raider-honored/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=165665258 http://www.cieldegloire.com/batailles_tokyo_e07.php#5
http://goefoundation.org/eagles/biographies/t/346/Thatcher-David-J
http://valor.origin-domain.sightlmg.com/recipient.php?recipientid=30428
http://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/b-25/40-2261.html
http://www.airforcemag.com/MagazineArchive/Pages/2014/February%202014/0214mission.aspx

His DFC citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

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 Corporal David J. Thatcher (ASN: 19019573), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Engineer/Gunner 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. Corporal Thatcher 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: Corporal

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force

   
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 Unit Assignments
USAAF Training Command95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium17th Bombardment Group, MediumDoolittle Raiders (composite group)
United States Army Air Force Europe (USAAFE)USAAF Installations
  1940-1941, M 0747, USAAF Training Command
  1941-1942, M 0737, 95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1941-1942, M 0737, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, M 0737, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1942-1944, United States Army Air Force Europe (USAAFE)
  1944-1945, USAAF Installations
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1942-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1942-1944 European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-25 Mitchell  B-26 Marauder  
  1941-1942, B-25 Mitchell
  1942-1944, B-26 Marauder
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