Bither, Waldo James, Sr., Maj

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1953-1953, 483d Troop Carrier Wing
Service Years
1925 - 1954
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Contact Info
Home Town
Houlton, Maine
Last Address
Fort Worth, Texas

Date of Passing
Feb 25, 1988
Location of Interment
Greenwood Memorial Park and Mausoleum - Ft Worth, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Lot 1050

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Cold War Medal Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Gold Medal

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the bombardier in crew #12 on the Doolittle Raid. After the raid he was commissioned and went on to serve as a maintenance officer in the USAAF and USAF at bases in the US, Europe, and Japan until he retired Jan 31, 1954.

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 Waldo J. Bither (ASN: 6101457), 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 Bither 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 #12 (Plane #40-2278, "Fickle Finger of Fate", target Yokohama): 37th Bomb Sq. L-R: Lt. William R. Pound Jr., navigator; Lt. William M. Bower, pilot; SSgt. Omer A. Duquette, flight engineer/gunner; Lt. Thadd H. Blanton, copilot; TSgt. Waldo J. Bither, bombardier. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army (USA)90th Bombardment Squadron, Light, Night Intruder37th Bombardment Squadron, Medium17th Bombardment Group, Medium
Doolittle Raiders (composite group)8th Air ForceUS Air Force
  1925-1928, US Army (USA)
  1928-1940, AAF MOS 511, 90th Bombardment Squadron, Light, Night Intruder
  1940-1942, AAF MOS 509, 37th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 509, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 509, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1943-1945, 8th Air Force
  1947-1954, Air Force Bases/Stations
  1948-1949, 7011, Kelly Air Force Base
  1949-1952, 7011, Kelly Air Force Base
  1953-1953, 483d Troop Carrier Wing
 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)
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1952-1953 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
A-12 Shrike  A-17 Nomad  B-12 Bomber  B-18 Bolo  
A-18 Shrike  B-25 Mitchell  
  1933-1935, A-12 Shrike
  1936-1939, A-17 Nomad
  1939-1940, B-12 Bomber
  1939-1940, B-18 Bolo
  1939-1940, A-18 Shrike
  1941-1942, B-25 Mitchell
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