Thomas C. "Tom" Griffin was the navigator on B-25 number nine, the
Whirling Dervish, during the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in 1942. He
was born on 10 July 1916 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and in 1939 he
graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Political Science. He was commissioned through the
school's Reserve Officer Training Corps program and entered
military service on 5 July 1939 as a second lieutenant in the Coast
Artillery. In 1940, he requested relief from active duty to enlist
as a flying cadet. He was rated as a navigator and re-commissioned
on 1 July 1940, after which he was assigned to the 17th Bombardment
Group in Pendleton, Oregon. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, his
group immediately began anti-submarine patrols off the coast of
Oregon and Washington, during which a crew received credit for
sinking a Japanese submarine.
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