Wilder, Rodney Ross, Col

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 770-Airplane Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1956-1957, 21, 433rd Troop Carrier Group
Service Years
1940 - 1962
Officer Collar Insignia

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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Taylor, Texas
Last Address
Dallas, Texas

Date of Passing
Jun 06, 1964
Location of Interment
Taylor City Cemetery - Taylor, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Third Addition, Section 25

 Official Badges 


 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge 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 #5 on the Doolittle Raid. Earlier he had been the co-pilot of a B-25 that had spotted and sunk a Japanese submarine at the mouth of the Columbia River.  Later he would command a B-25 unit in England, North Africa and the Mediterranean. 
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) Ross Rodney Wilder, 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 Wilder 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 #5 (Plane #40-2283, target Tokyo): 95th Bomb Sq. L-R: Lt. Eugene F. McGurl, navigator; Capt. David M. Jones, pilot; Lt. Denver V. Truelove, bombardier; Lt. Ross R. Wilder, copilot; Sgt. Joseph W. Manske, flight engineer/gunner. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium17th Bombardment Group, MediumDoolittle Raiders (composite group)
380th Bombardment Squadron, Medium310th Bombardment Group, MediumAir Force Bases/ InstallationsAir Force Bases/ Installations
12th Air ForceAir Force Reserve Command Troop Carrier Units
  1940-1941, 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, 380th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1942-1944, AAF MOS 1081, 310th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1060, 380th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 2120, 33rd Flying Training Wing (Staff)
  1945-1947, AAF MOS 2120, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1947-1956, 12th Air Force
  1947-1962, 26, Air Force Reserve Command
  1956-1957, 21, 433rd Troop Carrier Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern 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)
  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)
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
 Colleges Attended 
Southwestern UniversityUniversity of Texas at Austin
  1934-1938, Southwestern University
  1938-1940, University of Texas at Austin
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-25 Mitchell  
  1941-1944, B-25 Mitchell
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