Griffin, Thomas Carson, Maj

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Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1946-1959, 1531A, Air Force Reserve Command
Service Years
1939 - 1959

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Contact Info
Home Town
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Last Address
Cincinnati, Ohio

Date of Passing
Feb 26, 2013
Location of Interment
Hillside Chapel - Cincinnati, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Southwestern Ohio ChapterAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  1959, Distinguished Flying Cross Society(DFCS), Southwestern Ohio Chapter (Commander) (Troy, Ohio) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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/gunnerLt. James M. Parker Jr., copilot;  Sgt. Wayne M. Bissell, bombardier. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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Navigator Observer (basic)

 Unit Assignments
US Army (USA)School Assignments34th Bombardment Squadron, Medium17th Bombardment Group, Medium
Doolittle Raiders (composite group)10th Air ForceChina-Burma-India (CBI)VIII Air Support Command
12th Air ForcePOW GermanyAir Force Reserve Command
  1939-1940, US Army (USA)
  1940-1941, AAF MOS 1034, Aviation Cadet Navigator Training Course
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1034, 34th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1034, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, 10th Air Force
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, China-Burma-India (CBI)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, VIII Air Support Command
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1034, 319th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1034, 12th Air Force
  1943-1945, POW Germany
  1946-1959, 1531A, Air Force Reserve Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1942-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Alabama
  1935-1939, University of Alabama
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-25 Mitchell  B-26 Marauder  
  1941-1942, B-25 Mitchell
  1942-1943, B-26 Marauder
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