Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is U.S. Army Air Forces Veteran Edwin Vance Bain. Edwin served during World War II.

Edwin joined the Army in 1936, and during World War II, he was the gunner during the Doolittle Mission on a B-25 taking off from the USS Hornet. After bombing targets in Japan, Edwin and his crew flew to China. When their aircraft ran out of fuel, Edwin became separated from the crew and was reported missing. Nevertheless, after two days Edwin reunited with his crew in a friendly Chinese village.

After returning to the U.S., Edwin transferred to the 441st Bomb Squadron of the 320th Bomb Group at MacDill Field, Florida. In Dec. 1942, he deployed with his unit to North Africa where he served as a gunner on B-26 Marauder bombers. Before returning home, Edwin volunteered to fly one extra bombing mission to Italy in order to help a friend fill out his B-26 crew. He was killed in action on July 19, 1943, on that mission. Edwin is memorialized in Nettuno, Italy, and Sanford, North Carolina. He is also featured on the granite Doolittle Raider Monument in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Edwin was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldier’s Medal, Air Medal and a Purple Heart.

We honor your service, Edwin.


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Graphic By Kierra Willis: Kierra Willis is a Graphic Communication Major at the University of Maryland University College. She currently has an AAS in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.

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  1. Robert Bostic January 31, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks for your service during WWII – U.S. Army Air Forces Veteran Edwin Vance Bain – an American hero.

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