Gardner, Melvin J., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 737-Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AAF MOS 737, 341st Bombardment Group, Medium
Service Years
1939 - 1942
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mesa, Arizona
Last Address
Karachi, India

Casualty Date
Jun 03, 1942
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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

Flight Engineer Badge
Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments
School Assignments34th Bombardment Squadron, Medium17th Bombardment Group, MediumDoolittle Raiders (composite group)
11th Bombardment Squadron, Medium341st Bombardment Group, Medium
  1939-1941, AAF MOS 747, USAAC Schools
  1940-1942, AAF MOS 737, 34th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1940-1942, AAF MOS 737, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 737, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 737, 11th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 737, 341st Bombardment Group, Medium
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/India-Burma Campaign (1942-45)
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-18 Bolo  B-23 Dragon  B-25 Mitchell  
  1940-1940, B-18 Bolo
  1940-1941, B-23 Dragon
  1941-1942, B-25 Mitchell
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the flight engineer/gunner in crew #11 on the Doolittle Raid. He was killed en route to Kunming, China after a bombing mission to Lashio, Burma.
His remains were not recovered.  He is memorialized in Manila and by his parents' graves in Reed S. Hatch Memorial Cemetery, Taylor, AZ.

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 Melvin J. Gardner (ASN: 6296448), 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. Sergeant Gardner 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 #11 (aircraft # 40-2249, "Hari Kari-er", target Yokohama), 34th Bomb Sq. (except 1)) L-R: Lt Frank A. Kappeler, navigator; Capt C. Ross Greening (89th Recon Sq), pilot; Sgt Melvin J. Gardner, flight engineer/gunner; Lt Kenneth E. Reddy, co-pilot; SSgt William L. Birch, bombardier. (USAF photo)

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