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He was the navigator in crew #9 on the Doolittle Raid. He flew 1 more combat mission in Asia and later 19 more with the 438th Bomb Sq. in North Africa until he became a POW. His cremains rest at Hillside Chapel, Cincinnati, OH.
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) Thomas Carson Griffin (ASN: 0-377848), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Navigator 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 Griffin 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/gunner; Lt. James M. Parker Jr., copilot; Sgt. Wayne M. Bissell, bombardier. (U.S. Air Force photo)