Bain, Edwin Vance, MSgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 320th Bombardment Group, Medium
Service Years
1936 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Master Sergeant

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Greensboro, North Carolina
Last Address
Massicault Airfield, Tunisia

Casualty Date
Jul 19, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2013, World War II Fallen
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)89th Reconnaissance SquadronDoolittle Raiders (composite group)441st Bombardment Squadron, Medium
320th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1936-1941, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 707, 89th Reconnaissance Squadron
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 441st Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 320th Bombardment Group, Medium
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 World War II
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater1
  1942-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1942-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-25 Mitchell  B-26 Marauder  
  1941-1942, B-25 Mitchell
  1942-1943, B-26 Marauder
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was a gunner in crew #14 on the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in April 1942.
He was later killed in action over the Mediterranean Sea.  His remains were not recovered but he is memorialized in Nettuno, Italy.

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 Sergeant Edwin Vance Bain (ASN: 6561290), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as 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. Sergeant Bain 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

Crew #14 (Plane #40-2297, target Nagoya): 89th Recon Sq. L-R: 

Lt. James H. Macia Jr., navigator/bombardier; 

Maj. John A. Hilger, pilot; 

SSgt. Jacob Eierman, flight engineer; 

Lt. Jack A. Sims, copilot; SSgt. Edwin V. Bain, radio op/gunner. (U.S. Air Force photo)












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