Davenport, Dean, Col

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1965-1967, 00066, HQ 35th Air Division, SAGE, Air Defense Command (ADC)
Service Years
1941 - 1967
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Contact Info
Home Town
Portland, Oregon
Last Address
Panama City, Florida

Date of Passing
Feb 14, 2000
Location of Interment
Barrancas National Cemetery - Pensacola, Florida
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Gold Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the co-pilot in crew #7 on the Doolittle Raid.  The crew's pilot, Ted Lawson, wrote a book about their experiences called "Thirty Seconds over Tokyo".  A movie of the same name was made.  Dean Davenport was the technical advisor for the film and his role was played by actor Tim Murdock.
Later Col. Davenport served in the USAAF and USAF, flew 86 combat missions in the Korean War, and commanded several fighter units before retiring Sep 1, 1967.

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) Dean Davenport (ASN: 0-427310), 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 Davenport 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 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

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium17th Bombardment Group, MediumDoolittle Raiders (composite group)
10th Air ForceAir Force Bases/ Installations18th Fighter Squadron, Single EngineAlaskan Air Command (AAC)
Air Command and Staff College (Student) 1st Air Force20th Fighter-Bomber Wing77th Fighter Squadron  - Gamblers
20th Fighter GroupUS Air Force49th Fighter-Bomber WingAir Force Training Wings
School Assignments4756th Air Defense Wing39th Air Division21st Tactical Fighter Wing
325th Fighter WingAir Defense Command (ADC)
  1941-1941, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1081, 95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1081, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1081, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1081, 10th Air Force
  1942-1944, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1065, 18th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine
  1944-1947, AAF MOS 1055, Alaskan Air Command (AAC)
  1947-1948, Air Command and Staff College (Student)
  1948-1949, 1st Air Force
  1949-1950, 20th Fighter-Bomber Wing
  1950-1951, AAF MOS 1065, 77th Fighter Squadron - Gamblers
  1951-1951, 20th Fighter Group
  1951-1951, AAF MOS 1065, 368th Fighter Group
  1951-1952, 49th Fighter-Bomber Wing
  1952-1955, AAF MOS 1065, 3550th Combat Crew Training Wing (Staff)
  1955-1957, Air Force Crew Training Course
  1957-1959, 00066, 4756th Air Defense Wing
  1959-1959, 00066, 39th Air Division
  1959-1960, 00066, 21st Tactical Fighter Wing
  1960-1962, 00066, 39th Air Division
  1962-1965, 00066, 325th Fighter Wing
  1962-1967, 00066, Air Defense Command (ADC)
  1965-1967, 00066, HQ 35th Air Division, SAGE, Air Defense Command (ADC)
 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)
  1950-1951 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
Air Command and Staff College
  1947-1948, Air Command and Staff College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-25 Mitchell  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
F-84 Thunderjet  F-100 Super Sabre  F-102 Delta Dagger  RF-101C Voodoo  
F-106 Delta Dart  F-101 Voodoo  
  1941-1942, B-25 Mitchell
  1944-1947, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1944-1947, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
  1944-1947, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1950-1951, F-84 Thunderjet
  1958-1959, F-84 Thunderjet
  1959-1961, F-100 Super Sabre
  1961-1961, F-102 Delta Dagger
  1961-1961, RF-101C Voodoo
  1962-1965, F-106 Delta Dart
  1965-1967, F-101 Voodoo
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