Dieter, William John, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 509-Enlisted Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
Service Years
1936 - 1942
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Dieter, William John ("Billy Jack"), SSgt.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Vail, IA; Potosi, MO; Tulelake, CA
Last Address
"Valhalla", USS Hornet, Pacific Ocean

Casualty Date
Apr 18, 1942
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
South China Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Gold Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2013, World War II Fallen
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Bombardier Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army (USA)United States Army Air Force Europe (USAAFE)95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium17th Bombardment Group, Medium
Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1936-1940, US Army (USA)
  1940-1941, AAF MOS 509, United States Army Air Force Europe (USAAFE)
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 509, 95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 509, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
 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)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-18 Bolo  B-25 Mitchell  
  1941-1941, B-18 Bolo
  1941-1942, B-25 Mitchell
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the bombardier in crew #6 on the Doolittle Raid. After bombing Japan, his B-25 ditched on the coast of China and he drowned just after the ditching.
He was also awarded the China Order of the Cloud medal.

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 pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant William J. Dieter (ASN: 6565763), 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. Staff Sergeant Dieter 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: Staff Sergeant

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force
(Plane 40-2298). L-R: Lt. Col. Chase Jay Nielsen (navigator), Lt. Dean E. Hallmark (pilot), Sgt. Donald E. Fitzmaurice (engineer-gunner), Lt. Robert J. Meder (co-pilot), SSgt. William J Dieter (bombardier)

Takeoff No.6 (Ditched off China Coast)   


Lt. Dean E. Hallmark Pilot Executed by Japanese Oct. 15, 1942
Lt. Robert J. Meder Co-pilot Died in Japanese P.O.W. Camp - Dec. 1, 1943
Lt. Chase J. Nielsen Navigator Japanese P.O.W. 3 and 1/2 years
Sgt. William J. Dieter Bombardier  Drowned after ditching following raid April 18, 1942
Sgt Donald E. Fitzmaurice Gunner Drowned after ditching following raid April 18, 1942

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