Vince Evans was born on September 6, 1920, in Texas. He enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Forces for Bombardier training on January 5, 1942, and was commissioned a 2d Lt and awarded his Bombardier Wings at Victorville Army Air Field, California, on July 4, 1942. After completing B-17 Flying Fortress Combat Crew Training, Lt Evans served as Bombardier aboard the B-17 "Memphis Belle" with the 324th Bomb Squadron of the 91st Bomb Group in England from September 1942 to May 1943. He and the crew next completed a war bond tour across the United States with the famous B-17 from June to September 1943, and then Capt Evans served with the First Motion Picture Unit at Culver City, California, as technical advisor for the picture "Memphis Belle" from September to October 1943. He completed the Bombardier Instructors Course at Midland Army Air Field, Texas, in December 1943, and then served as a Bombardier instructor before completing B-29 Superfortress Combat Crew Training and deploying to the Pacific Theater in September 1944. His next assignment was as a B-29 Bombardier with the 869th Bomb Squdaron of the 73rd Bomb Wing on Saipan from October to December 1944, followed by service with the 315th Bomb Wing on Guam from January to March 1945. Maj Evans left active duty on August 6, 1945, and received an honorable discharge from the Air Force Reserve on April 11, 1953. After World War II, Vince began a career in acting and later wrote screenplays before becoming a business man in Buellton and Solvang, California. Vince Evans died in a plane crash with his wife Margery and their daughter Venetia on April 23, 1980, just before landing at the Santa Ynez Valley Airport in California. He was buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard, California.
His 2nd Distinguished Flying Cross Citation reads:
For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 18 December 1944. Captain Evans was Bombardier in the lead airplane of a formation of B-29 type aircraft on a mission against an aircraft plant in Nagoya, Japan. The weather around the target was overcast and the bomb run was made by radar. Just before the formation reached the primary target, the clouds broke, enabling Captain Evans to make last minute visual corrections and drop his bombs squarely on the plant. His high professional skill was responsible for a large number of the formation's bombs hitting the target and seriously damaging a vital link in the enemy's aircraft production program. Captain Evans' outstanding ability under adverse circumstances reflects great credit on himself and the Army Air Forces.