Williams, Griffith Paul, Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1081-Pilot, B-25
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, POW Germany
Service Years
1940 - 1952

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Contact Info
Home Town
Chicago, Illinois
Last Address
El Cajon, California

Date of Passing
Aug 14, 1998
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal 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 pilot of the 15th B-25 to take off from the USS Hornet on the Doolittle Raid. He later flew missions in North Africa and was shot down and made a POW.

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) Griffith Paul Williams (ASN: 0-421336), 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 Williams 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. 15 (Plane #40-2267, "TNT", target Nagoya): 89th Recon Sq. L-R: Lt. Howard A. Sessler, navigator/bombardier; Lt. Donald G. Smith, pilot; Lt. Thomas R. White, flight surgeon/gunner; Lt. Griffith P. Williams, copilot; Sgt. Edward J. Saylor, flight engineer/gunner. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, Crew No. 15
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 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight School89th Reconnaissance Squadron17th Bombardment Group, MediumDoolittle Raiders (composite group)
Bombardment UnitsPOW Germany
  1940-1941, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1081, 89th Reconnaissance Squadron
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1081, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1081, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1082, 440th Bomb Squadron
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1082, 319th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1943-1945, POW Germany
 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)
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)
  1942-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-18 Bolo  B-23 Dragon  B-25 Mitchell  B-26 Marauder  
B-25 Mitchell  
  1941-1941, B-18 Bolo
  1941-1941, B-23 Dragon
  1941-1942, B-25 Mitchell
  1942-1943, B-26 Marauder
  1945-1946, B-25 Mitchell
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