Bissell, Wayne Max, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1035-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, AAF MOS 1081, 345th Bombardment Group, Medium - Air Apaches
Service Years
1939 - 1945
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Walker, Minnesota
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jan 09, 1997
Location of Interment
Willamette National Cemetery - Portland, Oregon
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

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 bombardier in crew #9 on the Doolittle Raid. After the raid, he completed flight training and gained a commission. He then served as a B-25 pilot in the Pacific and left the service Jul 21, 1945.

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 Wayne Max Bissell (ASN: 6579237), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Bombardier 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 Bissell 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 #9 (Plane #40-2203, "Whirling Dervish", target Tokyo), 34th Bomb Sq. L-R: Lt. Thomas C. Griffin, navigator; Lt. Harold F. Watson, pilot;  TSgt. Eldred V. Scott, flight engineer/gunnerLt. James M. Parker Jr., copilot;  Sgt. Wayne M. Bissell, bombardier. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Pilot Badge
Bombardier Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
School Assignments34th Bombardment Squadron, Medium17th Bombardment Group, MediumDoolittle Raiders (composite group)
Aviation Cadet Flight School500th Bombardment Squadron, Medium345th Bombardment Group, Medium - Air Apaches
  1939-1940, AAF MOS 509, USAAC Schools
  1940-1942, AAF MOS 509, 34th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1940-1942, AAF MOS 509, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 509, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1081, 500th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1081, 345th Bombardment Group, Medium - Air Apaches
 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)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Bismarck Archipelago Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Southern Philippines Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-25 Mitchell  
  1941-1945, B-25 Mitchell
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