Watson, Harold Francis, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1954-1955, Far East Air Forces
Service Years
1940 - 1961
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Buffalo, New York
Last Address
Inglewood, California

Date of Passing
Sep 14, 1991
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Gold Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the pilot in crew #9 on the Doolittle raid. He was severely injured when he bailed out in China and spent almost a year recuperating in the States. He served in the USAAF and USAF until he retired Nov 1, 1961.
He was cremated; the location of his ashes is unknown.

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) Harold Francis Watson (ASN: 0-397797), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as 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 Watson 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 #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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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School34th Bombardment Squadron, Medium17th Bombardment Group, MediumDoolittle Raiders (composite group)
Air Base Units92nd Bombardment Group, Heavy Support UnitsAir Command and Staff College (Student)
Hospital, Clinic and Dispensary UnitsUS Air Force804th Air Base GroupFar East Air Forces
  1939-1940, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1940-1942, AAF MOS 1051, 34th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1940-1942, AAF MOS 1051, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1081, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1947-1947, AAF MOS 2120, 498th Army Air Force Base Unit
  1947-1948, AAF MOS 1024, 92nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1948-1952, AAF MOS 2120, 1009th Special Weapons Squadron
  1952-1952, Air Command and Staff College (Student)
  1953-1953, USAF Hospital/Medical Center - Maxwell
  1953-1953, 1021A, 308th Bomb Wing
  1953-1954, 804th Air Base Group
  1954-1955, Far East Air Forces
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Air Command and Staff College
  1952-1952, Air Command and Staff College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-18 Bolo  B-23 Dragon  B-25 Mitchell  B-29 Superfortress  
B-47 Stratojet  F-100 Super Sabre  
  1940-1940, B-18 Bolo
  1940-1941, B-23 Dragon
  1941-1942, B-25 Mitchell
  1947-1948, B-29 Superfortress
  1953-1954, B-47 Stratojet
  1958-1958, F-100 Super Sabre
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