Hoover, Travis, Col

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1966-1969, 00066, 3380th Technical Training Squadron
Service Years
1938 - 1969
Colonel

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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Melrose, New Mexico
Last Address
Joplin, Missouri

Date of Passing
Jan 17, 2004
 
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION C, SITE 583

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal 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 pilot in crew #2 on the Doolittle Raid. After the raid he stayed in the CBI Theater for a short time then served in England, North Africa and Italy until 1944. After the war he served in the USAAF & USAF until retiring from the Air Force Oct 31, 1969.

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 First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Travis Hoover (ASN: 0-421149), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as 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 Hoover 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
Crew #2 (Plane #40-2292, target Tokyo): 37th Bomb Sq, L-R: Lt. Carl R. Wildner, navigator; Lt. Travis Hoover, pilot; Lt. Richard E. Miller, bombardier; Lt. William N. Fitzhugh, copilot; Sgt. Douglas V. Radney, flight engineer/gunner. (U.S. Air Force photo)

   
Other Comments:
Sources:
http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=122
http://www.doolittleraider.com/raiders/hoover.htm
http://www.cieldegloire.com/batailles_tokyo_e02.php#1
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8294558
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=30217
http://articles.latimes.com/2004/jan/28/local/me-hoover28
Good story:
http://www.joplinglobeonline.com/print.php?story_id=370364&PHPSESSID=a281d9636be31b004eb68b577733e6ed

Synopsis of his Silver Star citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Travis Hoover (ASN: 0-421149), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during World War II.

General Orders: Headquarters, 15th Air Force, General Orders No. 588 (1944)

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Division: 15th Air Force

   
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 Unit Assignments
Army National Guard (ARNG)Aviation Cadet Flight School28th Bombardmemt Group, Heavy37th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
17th Bombardment Group, MediumDoolittle Raiders (composite group)10th Air ForceChina-Burma-India (CBI)
United States Army Air Force Europe (USAAFE)Air Force Bases/ Installations51st Fighter Wing3500th Pilot Training Wing
Air Force Training WingsAir Base UnitsSchool AssignmentsTraining Units
  1938-1939, Army National Guard (ARNG)
  1939-1940, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1940-1941, AAF MOS 1081, 28th Bombardmemt Group, Heavy
  1940-1942, AAF MOS 1081, 37th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1081, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1081, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1942-1942, 10th Air Force
  1942-1942, China-Burma-India (CBI)
  1942-1944, AAF MOS 770, United States Army Air Force Europe (USAAFE)
  1944-1947, AAF MOS 770, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1954-1954, AAF MOS 1065, 51st Fighter Wing
  1956-1959, 00066, 3500th Pilot Training Wing
  1959-1961, 00066, 3610th Navigator Training Wing
  1961-1963, 00066, 7216th Air Base Group
  1963-1966, 00066, Air Training Command
  1966-1969, 00066, 3380th Technical Training Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Riverside Community CollegeUniversity of California, BerkeleyAir University
  1936-1938, Riverside Community College
  1945-1949, University of California, Berkeley
  1955-1956, Air University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-25 Mitchell  B-24 Liberator  P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  
P-61 Black Widow  F-82 Twin Mustang  F-86 Sabre  AT-6 Texan  
B-25 Mitchell  T-29 Samaritan  
  1941-1945, B-25 Mitchell
  1942-1945, B-24 Liberator
  1942-1945, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
  1947-1950, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1948-1950, P-61 Black Widow
  1948-1953, F-82 Twin Mustang
  1954-1954, F-86 Sabre
  1956-1959, AT-6 Texan
  1956-1959, B-25 Mitchell
  1959-1961, T-29 Samaritan
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