Sims, Jack Ahren, Col

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1942-1943, AAF MOS 1082, 12th Air Force
Service Years
1940 - 1968
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Contact Info
Home Town
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Last Address
Naples, Florida

Date of Passing
Jun 09, 2007
Location of Interment
Naples Memorial Gardens Cemetery - North Naples, Florida
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Veterans Field of Honor

 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Gold Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the co-pilot in crew #14 on the Doolittle Raid.  After the raid he flew combat missions in India, North Africa, and Europe.  After the war he stayed in the USAAF and USAF until he retired Jul 31, 1968.  

His DFC (1st of 2) 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) Jack A. Sims (ASN: 0-421340), 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 Sims 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 #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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His 2nd DFC citation reads:
For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as pilot of a B-26 type aircraft. During his many combat missions, Major Sims has distinguished himself through his outstanding professional skill and superior leadership. On 21 August 1943, as flight commander, he led his group in an attack on the marshalling yards at Villa Literno, Italy. As the unescorted bombers began their run over the target, they were repeatedly attacked by a force of seventy-five enemy fighters, many of which concentrated their fire on Major Sims' aircraft in an attempt to throw the formation off course. When the attacks continued in intensity over the target, Major Sims expertly directed his group into the tightest possible formation, from which the bombers completed a highly successful run. So accurate was his leadership that the yards were rendered unserviceable, and heavy damage was done to rolling stock and tracks throughout the entire area. Turning from the target in the face of further fighter attacks, he coolly aligned his group into a formation of squadrons in trail. During an aerial battle lasting twenty minutes, his gunners shot down twenty-one enemy planes and were credited with probably destroying or damaging eleven more. Major Sims' proficiency and faithfulness in discharging his responsibilities have reflected great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School89th Reconnaissance Squadron17th Bombardment Group, MediumDoolittle Raiders (composite group)
China-Burma-India (CBI)458th Bombardment Group, Heavy12th Air Force
  1940-1941, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1940-1941, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1081, 89th Reconnaissance Squadron
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1081, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1081, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 770, China-Burma-India (CBI)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1082, 458th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1082, 12th Air Force
 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)
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1950-1952 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
Western Michigan UniversityUniversity of Chicago
  1936-1940, Western Michigan University
  1947-1949, University of Chicago
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-25 Mitchell  B-26 Marauder  
  1941-1942, B-25 Mitchell
  1942-1943, B-26 Marauder
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